A webinar about the role of the police and alternative response in addressing real community safety concerns.
What Makes a Community Safe?
This is a past webinar in our Community of Practice Series: What makes a community safe? The role of the police and alternative response in addressing real community safety concerns.
Policing Project Founder and Faculty Director Barry Friedman hosted our panel of experts and practitioners in the fields of community engagement, criminal justice reform, law enforcement, and public policy.
Chief Chad Kasmar, Tucson Police Department
Chief Kasmar is a native of Tucson, Arizona. He joined the Tucson Police Department in 2000, after graduating from the University of Arizona. Prior to being appointed Chief in 2021, he served as Interim Director of the City’s Public Safety Communications Department, where he led efforts to stabilize the department, reducing attrition, and increasing staffing while moving from a co-located but separate police and fire 911 call center to a consolidated 911 call center.
Dr. Tamara Leech, Sociologist and Andrew Carnegie Fellow
Dr. Tamara Leech is a Research & Evaluation Specialist and Andrew Carnegie Fellow. She was previously an Associate Professor of Public Health at Montclair State University. Her work focuses on the well-being of young people who live in marginalized and underserved urban environments.
Ivy Lee, Public Safety Advisor to San Francisco Mayor London Breed
Ivy Lee serves as San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed's policy advisor in the areas of public safety and victims' rights. Prior to joining Mayor Breed's administration in 2020, she was appointed by the mayor to the San Francisco City College Board of Trustees, in large part due to her role drafting the first free community college program in the U.S. as well as other progressive legislation while working as former Supervisor Jane Kim's chief of staff and Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee's legislative aide. After graduating from NYU School of Law in 1998, Ivy was the first Asian American Thurgood Marshall Fellow at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and an immigrant rights attorney at the Asian Law Caucus before joining the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, where she founded and led the Immigrant Rights and Human Trafficking project.
Barry Friedman has taught, litigated, and written about constitutional law, the federal courts, policing, and criminal procedure for over 30 years. He currently serves as the Faculty Director of the Policing Project at New York University School of Law, where he is the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law and Affiliated Professor of Politics. Friedman is the author of Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission (2017), and has written numerous articles in scholarly journals, including on democratic policing, alternatives to police responses to 911 calls, and the Fourth Amendment.
Barry Friedman, Policing Project Founder and Faculty Director