Adickes helps draft national policing strategies

HARLINGEN — Police Chief Jeffry Adickes is part of a group of law enforcement leaders charged with launching a program to make policing meet the challenges of the 21st century.

This week, Adickes returned from Washington, D.C., where he worked with other police chiefs to review and implement national policing practices.

Adickes met with more than 60 police chiefs from the 50 states after the July 7 killings of five Dallas police officers and just before the July 17 killings of three Baton Rouge, Louisiana, officers.

The shootings led President Obama to expand the program into development of policing practices, Adickes said yesterday.

“In response to the horrific violence and domestic terror attacks on police in the past month, the president has now expanded the outreach to law enforcement and is opening up these assessment, feedback and implementation sessions to many additional work groups until the end of the year,” Adickes wrote in an email.

Adickes, former assistant chief of the Austin Police Department, said he was selected to serve on the work sessions as a result of his leadership role in that department’s response to a federal investigation into the NAACP’s questions of excessive force.

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