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"Police Policy Reforms and Racial Justice"
Shon Barnes, a nationally recognized leader in crime reduction and community-police relations, was hired as Madison Police Department's Chief of Police in February 2021. Chief Barnes will speak to us about his vision for the Madison Police Department, racial justice in policing, public safety reforms and establishing trust with communities. He will also answer your questions about the police response to current crime trends.
Chief Barnes was previously Director of Training and Professional Development for the Civilian Office of Police Accountability in Chicago. Barnes was the Deputy Chief of Police in Salisbury, North Carolina and a captain with the Greensboro Police Department (NC) where he began his career as a patrol officer in 2000. Chief Barnes was honored as a National Institute of Justice LEADS Scholar for using innovative technology to reduce crime and is a council member on the National Police Foundation's Council on Policing Reforms and Race. Throughout his career Chief Barnes has implemented Neighborhood Oriented Policing which focuses on smaller police beat response, police neighborhood ownership, and community engagement at levels within the organization.
Barnes attended Elizabeth City State University (NC) where he received a BA in History/Pre-Law and the University of Cincinnati where he received a master's degree in Criminal Justice. He also earned a PhD in Leadership Studies from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University in Greensboro, North Carolina.