Approximately 500 participants from as far away as California are expected

here July 29-31 for the first conference of the Southeastern Community Oriented

Policing Education (SCOPE) Institute.

Joseph E. Brann, head of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community

Oriented Policing Services, will be one of four lead speakers at the conference.

In 1994, Brann was given the task by President Bill Clinton of advancing

community policing nationally and putting 100,000 additional police on the

street by the year 2000.

The focus of the conference will be strategies for sustaining and further

developing community oriented policing.

"It's a regional conference, but we will have people from as far

away as California," said Tim Carpenter, SCOPE program director. "We

are expecting about 500 participants."

Other lead speakers are Karen L. Spencer, an authority on adult learning

in law enforcement, from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.; Reuben

M . Greenberg, chief of the Charleston, S.C. Police Department and author

of "Taking Back Our Streets," and Phil Keith, chief of the Knoxville

Police Department, which has earned national accreditation and is a demonstration

site for community policing.

The conference will be attended by decision makers in law enforcement

and local government; community leaders interested in improved relations

with law enforcement; persons responsible for community oriented policing;

managers, supervisors and planners in local government; educators and trainers

in law enforcement-related subjects or organizational development; and law

enforcement officers.

Sponsors include the SCOPE partners: the University of Tennessee Institute

for Public Service, KPD, Metropolitan Drug Commission and the justice department.

Co-sponsors include the Carolinas Institute for Community Policing, Charlotte,

N.C.; Georgia Regional Community Policing Institute, Kennesaw, Ga.; North

Florida Community Policing Institute, Gainesville, Fla.; and the St. Petersburg

Regional Community Policing Institute, St. Petersburg, Fla.

A conference fee of $85 covers all materials, two meals, refreshments

and hotel room accommodations. Seminar fees are prepaid by the SCOPE Institute

through a U.S. Department of Justice grant.

SCOPE's area of responsibility includes Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky,

Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

For more information call Pam Funderburk toll free at 1-888-847-2673.

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