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St. Charles County Police Chief invited to White House for community policing briefing

St. Charles County Police Chief David L. Todd has been invited to the White House to participate in an Aug. 16 briefing on an initiative to improve community policing and reduce crime.

Todd’s invitation was announced last week by County Executive Steve Ehlmann. The briefing involving law enforcement officials throughout the nation is on the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Initiative.

The task force, established in 2014, was charged with identifying best practices and providing recommendations on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust.

The task force’s final report, released last May, includes recommendations on six main topic areas: building trust and legitimacy, policy and oversight, technology and social media, community policing and crime reduction, officer training and education and officer safety and wellness.

According to a news release, Todd said county police are already is implementing many of the recommendations, and considers it a privilege to discuss new ideas to improve community policing

“It is my honor to represent the fine men and women of the St. Charles County Police Department and our citizens during this very important conversation on the future of policing,” Todd said. “I look forward to discussing the recommendations and implications on everyday policing in our community. I am also excited to learn more about new technologies that can advance public safety.”

At next week’s briefing, Todd and other attendees will meet with senior Obama administration officials to discuss the recommendations, how to implement them, and brainstorm on how to enhance public trust and confidence in the justice system while maintaining public safety.

“I am proud that St. Charles County has been invited to participate in this briefing,” said Ehlmann said. “Chief Todd, his officers, and staff work diligently every day to advance the trusting relationships they have built within our community. We can learn from this initiative, as well as share our best practices with others.”

According to the White House website, more than 300 law enforcement officials have attended briefings this summer.


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