When March 24, 2024 at 4:00pm 2 hrs
What: What are community responder models? Let's talk about it.
Join us for a guest presentation and study session. We’ll hear from the Law Enforcement Action Partnership, a national organization of criminal justice professionals; they advocate for solutions that, “focus law enforcement resources on the most serious threats to public safety, reduce our reliance on incarceration, and heal police-community relations.” Then we’ll invite community leaders to summarize the recently-released report by Berry Dunn that reviewed our local 911 call data. We’ll end by breaking out into discussion groups to prepare questions for the City Council Meeting, where Berry Dunn will present their summary and recommendations. The event will be facilitated by Dr. Gus Wood (UIUC, School of Labor & Employment Relations).

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Registration: RSVP is optional. 



4:00 - Welcome, Dr. Gus Wood

4:05 - Presentation by Law Enforcement Action Partnership, Daut'e Martin and Chief Tom Thompson

4:35 - Summary of Berry Dun Report, Chris Evans

4:45 - Township Proposal for Community-Responder Model, Danielle Chynoweth 

5:00 - Break-out discussion groups

5:45 - Report-back


Audience: Open to the public

Host/contact: Miriam Larson ([email protected])

Location: 202 S. Broadway Avenue 

When: Sunday, March 24th, 4-6pm 


Resources and Reports:

Police and Fire Department Staffing Study”, Released March 13th, 2024 on the Website of the City of Urbana, produced by BerryDunn 



Dispatching Community Responders to 911 Calls, 2023 Report - Authored by Law Enforcement Action Partnership, Center for American Progress and NYU Policing Project



“The Community Responder Model: How Cities Can Send the Right Responder to Every 911 Call,” 2020 Report, Authored by Law Enforcement Action Partnership and Center for American Progress 



Survey of Alternative and Community Public Safety Responder Models, Cunningham Township Supervisor’s Office



Upcoming Events:

Cunningham Township Board meeting - March 25 at 6:30pm at 400 S. Vine Street.

Supervisor Danielle Chynoweth will present initial Survey on Alternative and Community Responder Models


This will be followed in the same location by:


Urbana City Council meeting at 7 p.m., on March 25, 2024 - Michele Weinzetl, the project lead from BerryDunn, will present a summary of the findings of this first phase of the project.


Past Resources & Key Events:

“As Police Budget Swells, Safety Forum Articulates a Different Vision,” by Jane McClintock, Public i Newspaper



Dec 10th - Public Safety Forum #1 was held at the UCIMC. Listen to the recording: https://wrfu.net/wrfu-recordings/CommunityEducation/2023-12-13-Community-Public-Safety-Forum.mp3


Dec 4th - At the December 4th City Council Meeting, the proposal to add 4 police officers was postponed until late Spring.


tinyurl.com/urbanacommunityproposals  (Independently compiled information on proposal from the 12/4/2023 City Council Meeting)