Episode 272 | Just Building Trust Between Police and their Communities
Original Release Date: December 22, 2023
Brinton, J., Sechrist, S., McKissic, M., & Burton, R. (2023, December 22). Just Science. Just Building Trust Between Police and their Communities. [Audio podcast episode]. U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance. https://forensicrti.org/just-science-episode-272/
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Stacy Sechrist is a Research Public Health Analyst within RTI’s Justice Practice Area. Dr. Sechrist joined RTI in 2022. She has dedicated most of her professional career to the study of interpersonal violence and violent crime reduction. Dr. Sechrist is the Community Assessment Lead for the National Case Closed Project. She is also the Project Director and Qualitative Data Lead in an expansion of the National Case Closed Project, known as Project CLEARS (Community-Law Enforcement Alignment to Resolve Shootings), designed to include additional research with community-based organizations and residents about how they can work with local law enforcement agencies and how they can participate in shooting investigations. Dr. Sechrist is also the site lead for three Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) case study sites and is contributing to dissemination efforts for the national PSN outcomes study. Prior to joining RTI, Dr. Sechrist worked for nearly 13 years with the North Carolina Network for Safe Communities (NCNSC) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Her work with NCNSC included several grant-funded projects where she collaborated closely with community and campus partners, including law enforcement, resource providers, practitioners, and community members, to provide research/evaluation and training and technical assistance support.
Michael McKissic is the founder of the Mikey23 Foundation in Lansing, Michigan. The Mikey23 Foundation is in memory of Michael McKissic, II. Michael “Mikey” was 23 years old when he was tragically taken from the world. He worked for the family construction business, McKissic Construction. Like his father and grandfather before him, Mikey had a passion for the work. The mission of the Mikey23 Foundation is to improve the lives of young people through innovative education and training in the area of skilled trades, thereby empowering young people to reach their full potential.
Reverend Rodrick Burton is the Senior Pastor of the New Northside Missionary Baptist Church and serves as the St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition’s Chairperson for Public Safety. Within this role Reverend Burton works with state, federal, and local law enforcement agencies as well as non-profits and hospitals addressing gun violence in the St. Louis area. Most recently, Reverend Burton has started serving on the steering committee for a newly proposed regional violence reduction effort sponsored by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.