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#25: Danny Murphy

Danny Murphy is the Deputy Commissioner over the Compliance Bureau at the Baltimore Police Department in Maryland, where he leads the implementation of Baltimore’s extensive consent decree which mandates comprehensive reforms to improve operations and build public trust in the wake of civic unrest and fractured police-community relations. We talk about what consent decrees are, how police departments get into them, get out of them, and the pros and cons of being in a consent decree.

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Danny Murphy is the Deputy Commissioner over the Compliance Bureau at the Baltimore Police Department in Maryland. He was previously the Deputy Superintendent over the Compliance Bureau at the New Orleans police department where he led the implementation of sweeping criminal justice reforms as part of their extensive federal consent decree. Those reforms led to increased public trust and significant reductions in serious uses of force alongside substantial decreases in violent crime. He has received awards for his work from both the New Orleans city and police department. He has a degree in political economy and English, and an MBA from the University of New Orleans. 

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#24: Kevin Bethel

Kevin Bethel is a former Deputy Commissioner with the Philadelphia Police Department, and now Chief of School Safety with the Philadelphia School District. The main topic of conversation is his diversion approach that has reduced arrests in schools by 71 percent. However, we start off discussing his 30 years with the police department, his time working with Charles Ramsey, data-driven policing, and the toll that senior police executive positions can take on committed leaders. 

Kevin Bethel retired as Deputy Commissioner in the Philadelphia Police Department in 2016 where he commanded patrol operations. He then served as a Stoneleigh Foundation Fellow and Drexel University Senior Policy Advisor in the area of juvenile justice reform. He is now a Senior Advisor and Chief of School Safety for the Philadelphia School District. His School Diversion Program diverts first time, low-level juvenile offenders to other programs within the Department of Human Services and has reduced the number of school arrests by 71 percent. He testified before the President’s 21st Century Task Force, serves on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Disproportionate Minority Contact Subcommittee and is a former member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Law and Justice. 

#23: Mo McGough

Mo McGough is chief of staff for the policing project at NYU Law. She has previously worked for the National Police Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, and the US Department of State. We discuss why the US lags other countries in the ratio of women in policing, the value that a diverse workforce brings to law enforcement, the barriers in achieving the goal of advocates in this area (and it is not 50 percent), and the ways forward in this area.  

Maureen McGough recently joined the Policing Project at NYU Law as Chief of Staff. She previously served as Director of National Initiatives for the National Police Foundation, and served with the US Department of Justice and State Department. As senior policy advisor at the NIJ, Mo oversaw agency efforts to advance evidence-based policing, and improve the representation and experiences of women in policing.  Mo also served as counsel on terrorism prevention in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.  She is a member of the FBI's Law Enforcement Education and Training Council, and an executive board member for ASEBP.  Mo is an attorney and earned her JD from the George Washington University Law School. 

#22: Robert Schug

Robert Schug is a neurocriminologist, clinical psychologist, and professor at California State University Long Beach. Robert is also on the Los Angeles Superior Court's Approved Panel of Psychiatrists and Psychologists. His unique developmental timeline approach to the study of homicide offenders is the subject of this episode.

We talk about mind hunters, the media, and the real science behind serial killer research.

Robert's research focuses on understanding the relationship between extreme forms of psychopathology and antisocial, criminal, and violent behavior.

He has a Ph.D. in Psychology along with a doctoral respecialization in Clinical Psychology and extensive clinical training as a Forensic Psychologist. He was worked with jail inmates, sex offenders and forensic psychiatric inpatients. 

He has a unique research study involving interviews and neurocognitive assessment of incarcerated serial killers.

Robert maintains a private practice that focuses on forensic assessment.

#21: Phil Goff

Phillip Atiba Goff is the inaugural Franklin A. Thomas Professor in Policing Equity at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the co-founder and CEO of the Center for Policing Equity. I talk with Dr. Goff about implicit bias, the limitations of implicit bias training and potential backfire effects, and why science needs storytellers who can connect to communities. 

Phil Goff is an expert in contemporary forms of racial bias and discrimination, as well as the intersections of race and gender.

Dr Goff's work has been supported by a host of prestigious grant and philanthropic organizations, he was a witness for the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and he has presented before Members of Congress and Congressional Panels, Senate Press Briefings, and White House Advisory Councils. Phil is one of three Principal Investigators for the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. 

You can find out more about his work at the website of the Center for Policing Equity

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