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Distinguished Speaker

Persons from various fields and organizations related to mental health conditions speak about current issues and offerings. Presentations last for 1 hour including questions.

Our next free presentation is on Wednesday, 11 July 2018

SpeakerRandy Shrewsberry

Co-Founder & Executive Director 

Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform

Subject: The Critical Intersection of Law Enforcement Training & Mental Illness

 7:30-8:30 pm

At the Wilson Auditorium, 2471 E. Walnut St., Pasadena
NAMI SGV General Meeting will Precede Speech at 7 pm

In July we welcome Distinguished Speaker Randy Shrewsberry, executive director and co-founder of the Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform (ICJTR). Founded in 2016, ICJTR is the nation’s first (and currently the only) nonprofit advocacy that approaches reform by addressing how we educate law enforcement in our country. Its stated mission is to save lives by creating a more equitable criminal justice system through improved and increased training at all levels.

Shrewsberry, himself a former police officer, says he came to recognize that training failures in law enforcement significantly impact both public and police safety. He will explore the intersection of mental health and policing, including what is taught in basic training, the often-tragic situations that can occur, and police officer mental health and PTSD. Examples of current training reform models that have created better police responses, along with a variety of positive steps everyone can take to encourage progress will be shared.

Law enforcement interest began early for Shrewsberry, with training starting younger   than for most. As a high school student, he attended Ohio Law Enforcement Training, a 2-year vocational program,. Subsequently, he continued the pursuit of law enforcement education as a graduate of basic police academies in Ohio, South Carolina and Indiana, where he served as a police officer for more than a decade. In 1995, Shrewsberry was named Police Officer of the Year by the South Carolina Rotary Club, and has received commendations from judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys alike. He has attended hundreds of advanced trainings and received instruction at venues such as Northwestern University, The Institute for Police Technology Management and Eastern Kentucky University.

Shrewsberry has had experience as a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, Automobile Crash Reconstruction Investigator, Crash Data Recorder Analyst.  Most recently, he has served as the Director of Forensic Services in the private sector, investigating both criminal and civil matters. He advocates for awareness surrounding racial justice, mental health, victims of domestic violence and child abuse/sexual assault victims.

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