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RTI to host annual symposium on community safety and policing research

Two-day event will feature experts from public safety, public health, and community-based organizations

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, will host its annual two-day Symposium on Community Safety and Policing Research on Wednesday, April 17, and Thursday, April 18. The event will be held at RTI’s headquarters in Research Triangle Park. Attendees can register to attend in person or virtually via Zoom.

The symposium will highlight innovative and data-informed strategies to improve community safety and policing including law enforcement recruitment and retention, police and community-based efforts to address gun violence, victim engagement, drug overdose deaths, responses to targeted acts of violence, and advancements in investigative strategies such as forensic genetic genealogy.

Experts from fields that include law enforcement, public health, homeland security, public policy, and behavioral health will discuss research-based strategies and how they are being translated into practice at the state and local level. Sessions include:

  • Best practices in health and wellness for the public safety workforce
  • Law enforcement and community-based collaborations to reduce community violence 
  • Enhancing responses to victims including the role of law enforcement-based advocates
  • Addressing drug overdose deaths with increased public safety and public health coordination
  • Modeling human behaviors including first responder actions following targeted acts of violence
  • Forensic genetic genealogy and its use in helping to solve cases and address serial offending
  • Closing the gap in lawfully owed DNA for solving and preventing violent crimes

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Wednesday, April 17, and Thursday, April 18
9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET (both days)

RTI International 
3040 East Cornwallis Road
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Holden Building, William M. Moore Jr. Collaboration Center

Register to attend in person or virtually via Zoom. In-person attendance will include lunch and virtual reality demonstrations. To request advance or on-site media interviews, please contact news@rti.org.