The Office of Academic Affairs hosts a forum in the SUB Atrium Tuesday, April 22 from 12 to 1 p.m. The forum, "Moving Forward:  A Conversation about Police Force, Justice and Community," will feature a round table discussion offering multiple perspectives on Albuquerque’s longstanding conflict over police use of excessive force, in an era of increasing militarization of American culture, widespread availability of weapons and rapid communications technology. 

The five participants, Vicente Alvarado, Caroline Bonham, David Correia, Karen Fischer and María B. Vélez, were drawn from the fields of law enforcement, community relations, mental health, criminology, and the peace and justice community, will all have the opportunity to respond to questions posed by the moderator.  The audience will also have the opportunity to ask questions. 

This event is free and open to the public.

Participant bios:
Vicente Alvarado, retired from APD after 20 years of service. He was recognized as detective of the year 2009, and served as Defensive Tactics Instructor, Ground a Control Instructor, Certified in Dignitary Protection. Has testified as a Expert witness in front of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety in regards to Use of Force. Has written and certified courses through NMDPS and currently instructs officers and the general public in self defense. 
Caroline Bonham is a psychiatrist and the director of the UNM Department of Psychiatry Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health.  CRCBH seeks to address health disparities through increasing access to clinical care, workforce development and community partnered health services research. 
David Correia is an Assistant Professor of American Studies. He writes about law, property and violence.  We invited him to participate because he has written numerous articles on the history and development of the current controversy, and has been active in the peace and justice community.
Karen Fischer retired from the Albuquerque Police Department in 2012 after 25 years of service as a civilian manager.  During her career, Karen worked on developing and implementing programs that dealt with community engagement and using technology to assist public-private partnerships to address community public safety issues. 
María B. Vélez is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Sociology at the University of New Mexico. Her work focuses on understanding how racial and economic inequalities pattern urban crime at the individual, neighborhood, and city levels.  A relevant theme in her current research is studying how favorable city political contexts, because they can empower rather than marginalize residents, can set in motion processes that bolster the ability of neighborhoods, especially those marginalized by race/class/nativity, to resolve community problems like public safety.