SCI Course: Best Practices in Civil Rights, Citizen Movements and Contemporary Conflicts


The United States is at a crossroads. The country is seeing a historic shift in demographics internally and through immigration and migration. Labor dynamics and the way people work is also changing. Long-cherished American values such as freedom of speech and expression are being tested and giving rise to conflicts that are challenging the abilities of law enforcement and public safety professionals to respond in an appropriate yet nuanced manner.

Program information

Best Practices in Civil Rights, Citizen Movements and Contemporary Conflicts is an interactive two-day program that familiarizes public safety professionals with the fundamentals of engaging diverse communities on controversial issues. Through a series of information sessions, interactive exercises and group-driven dialogue, participants will learn about relevant civil rights laws and regulations, contemporary movements like ‘Black Lives Matter’, the growing international refugee crisis and American responses to this crisis and privacy issues related to increasing personal and corporate encryption barriers to information exchange.

At the completion of the session, participants will understand the theoretical and legal underpinnings of these contemporary issues, but also walk away a comprehensive “kit” of best practices allowing them to speak intelligently about these issues with co-workers, the public and community organizations.


  • Module 1: Overview of Civil Rights Law for Public Safety Professionals
  • Module 2: Contemporary conflicts: political speech, refugees and popular citizen movements.
  • Module 3: Legal issues: privacy, law enforcement and constitutional limitations.
  • Module 4: Best practices in engagement, dialogue and community safety.

Ehsan Zaffar

Apply: Please visit the application page for more information.

Program Cost: The fee is $1,250 per student. The fee covers tuition, materials and meals.

Dates of Instruction: January 23-24, 2017

Applications Due: December 15, 2016