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Community Conversations are solutions-focused, educational discussions on issues important to our region Public, quarterly conversations convene a panel of notable experts to discuss critical and current topics. The program strives to bring together people of all backgrounds to share their thoughts and solutions, in person and through civil dialogue. The program is a collaboration between KPBS and the National Conflict Resolution Center.

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The Future of Policing in San Diego

The Future of Policing in San Diego

San Diegans brainstormed potential changes in policing during the KPBS and National Conflict Resolution Center Community Conversation held virtually on July 13, 2020.

In The News

Three Years Later, Family Of Man Shot By San Diego Sheriff's Deputy Still Asking For Justice

Amidst new scrutiny of police use of force, especially on people of color, the family of a young Latino man shot to death by a San Diego Sheriff's Deputy three years ago is again asking for justice.

SDPD Identifies Man Shot By Officers, Releases Bodycam Video

The shooting victim is 25-year-old San Diego resident Leonardo Hurtado Ibarra who officers recognized from a wanted poster, according to a police statement. He is in a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Petition Calls For Defunding San Diego Unified Police

The Memorial Day police killing of George Floyd has led to a call to defund school police, which has already happened in Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed.

Experts, Activists Say San Diego's New Police De-escalation Policy May Not Change Much

An expert said the policy is favorable to police officers because it includes the caveat that de-escalation be used "when safe and reasonable to do so."

San Diego Mayor, Police Chief Announce More Policing Reforms

Officers are now required to make de-escalation a priority while on patrol, and they must intervene if they witness a fellow officer using excessive force.

San Diego Clears Police Oversight Reform For November Ballot

The effort to establish a new civilian oversight body has been going on for years. But it took on new urgency after protests following the death of George Floyd.

County To Vote On Police Reforms, Racial Justice Office

San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher asked to speed up the creation of a non-law enforcement "Mobile Crisis Response Team" that would respond to nonviolent incidents countywide involving people with behavioral health crises.

How A California Police Department Changed Its Mindset On Use Of Force

While de-escalation is now a buzzword in law enforcement circles in the wake of the George Floyd killing by Minneapolis police, it's been central to the Berkeley Police Department's mission for years.

Questions Surround SDPD’s Use Of Force Training

The San Diego Police Department is now requiring that officers learn de-escalation tactics. But experts and advocates say the overall training regimen still fosters an us vs them mentality.

Records Show Racial Disparities When San Diego Law Enforcement Uses Force

A KPBS analysis found that when police use force, they’re more likely to shoot if the suspect is a person of color. If the suspect is white, police are more likely to use alternative methods.

How Local Police Are Making Arrests, Handling Stress In The Coronavirus Era

An arrest is still an arrest and police have to come in close contact with people to do their jobs. It’s a new level of danger, with the slightest touch meaning they could get sick.