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ABOUT PACT

This website is a place for the public and and police to share ideas and opinions. By engaging citizens, strengthening local communities and fostering democracy through dialogue with local police departments, the site is meant to help law enforcement agencies serve and protect everyone fairly. Sponsored by the Ethical Humanist Society Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island, Communities and Police Talk is designed to foster communication between civilians and police.

Our focus is on the law enforcement agencies on Long Island. We encourage others to adapt this website to suit their own community needs. The website is offered as a forum for the sharing of ideas and opinions among the public, the police and other law enforcement agencies, and students in the fields of criminal justice, psychology, sociology and human rights.

By engaging citizens, strengthening local communities and fostering democracy through dialogue with local police departments, the website is designed to help law enforcement agencies that serve and protect everyone fairly.

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said, it is essential “to connect communities . . . with police and back with government.” The US Department of Justice says that the fundamental tenet of successful police-community relations involves open communication between the two.

Through the comments, forums and links on this site, a bridge is provided to make those connections more effective. Communities and Police Talkprovides an avenue for improving ties between the police and residents through productive dialogue, constructive criticism and education.

The Department of Justice writes, “The fundamental tenet of any successful police-community relations effort must necessarily involve an open channel of communication between the police and the public. Once established, a communications vehicle should be further developed to ensure that the channel remains open.”

Civilians and law enforcement can post information and comments, offer critiques and compliments, and in other ways foster a discourse through social media that brings communities and police into a productive relationship of mutual respect rooted in a democratic society.

The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island reserves the right to remove any comments deemed inappropriate. This isn’t to limit ideas, which are always welcome, but to ensure that those ideas, however critical, are respectful. No names will be permitted in complaints. This website is a continuous discussion that leads to improvements that make everyone’s life safer in a democratic society.

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Arthur Dobrin

Arthur Dobrin

Director of PACT

Arthur Dobrin is an American author, Professor Emeritus of Management, Entrepreneurship, and General Business at Hofstra University, and Leader Emeritus of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island.

Jason Neal

Jason Neal

CBI Program Coordinator at Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk County; Community Liaison, Boys & Girls Club of Bellport; member of...

Colleen Eren

Colleen Eren

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice Program, LaGuardia Community College; former Director of Organizing, New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty

Russell Neufeld

Russell Neufeld

Lawyer and former attorney-in-charge of Criminal Practice and founder of the Capital Division, The Legal Aid Society, New York

Christiaan James Perez

Christiaan James Perez

Community advocate and digital strategist who focuses on social justice campaigns and non-profit organizations; former Assistant Producer of the English...

Emanuel Boussios

Visiting scholar, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University; Assistant Professor, Nassau Community College; certified New York State...

Isma Chaudhry

Isma Chaudhry

MD and MPH; president, Islamic Center of Long Island

John Eterno

John Eterno

Director of Graduate Studies in Criminal Justice Studies, Molloy College; NYPD captain, ret; member of the editorial board of Police...

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