About the Task Force

The independent Task Force on Policing was launched in November 2020 by the Council on Criminal Justice. Its mission is to identify the policies and practices most likely to reduce violent encounters between officers and the public and improve the fairness and effectiveness of American policing. The Task Force is evaluating more than two dozen proposed policing reforms, including those focused on preventing excessive use of force, reducing racial biases, increasing accountability, and improving the relationship between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.

The Task Force on Policing is staffed by the Council, with research support from the Crime Lab at University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.

Members

Art Acevedo

Art Acevedo

Chief, Miami Police Department; President, Major Cities Chiefs Association
Roy L. Austin, Jr.

Roy L. Austin, Jr.

Vice President of Civil Rights, Facebook; former White House domestic policy advisor
Louis M. Dekmar

Louis M. Dekmar

Chief, LaGrange (GA) Police Department; former President, International Association of Chiefs of Police
Collette Flanagan

Collette Flanagan

Founder, Mothers Against Police Brutality
Walter Katz

Walter Katz

Vice President of Criminal Justice, Arnold Ventures; former police oversight official, Los Angeles County and San Jose, CA
Cynthia Lum

Cynthia Lum

Professor, George Mason University, Department of Criminology, Law and Society; Director, Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy
Tashante McCoy-Ham

Tashante McCoy-Ham

Regional Manager and Founder, Crime Survivors for Safety & Justice/The OWL MOVEMENT
DeRay Mckesson

DeRay Mckesson

Educator, Author, and Co-Founder, Campaign Zero
Michael Nutter

Michael Nutter

Former Mayor, City of Philadelphia; former President, U.S. Conference of Mayors
Rosie Rivera

Rosie Rivera

Sheriff, Salt Lake County, Utah
Sean Smoot

Sean Smoot

Managing Partner, 21CP Solutions, LLC
Nancy La Vigne

Nancy La Vigne

Executive Director, CCJ Task Force on Policing

About the Council

The Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ) is a nonpartisan membership organization and think tank created to advance understanding of the criminal justice policy challenges facing the nation and build consensus for solutions based on facts, evidence, and fundamental principles of justice.

As part of its array of activities, the Council conducts research and convenes independent groups of members and experts that produce reports with findings and policy recommendations on matters of concern. The findings and recommendations of the Task Force are its own; neither the Council’s Board of Directors nor its Board of Trustees will approve or disapprove the Task Force’s work.