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Ep. 6 Dr. Stephany Powell: Reimagining Policing


Community Policing in an age of calls to defund the police can seem unimaginable. According to the US Department of Justice, community policing is “a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies that support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.” In this balanced conversation with Dr. Stephany Powell we reimagine policing in America and discuss ways she has successfully integrated community policing through her 30 years as a leader in the Los Angeles Police Department. Dr. Powell is currently the Director of Law Enforcement Training and Survivor Services at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and has dedicated her career to creating positive change everywhere she goes. In this timely conversation, Dr. Powell offers key suggestions for police reform and valuable insight into the world in which human trafficking and law enforcement intersect.

More about Dr. Stephany Powell

Dr. Powell is a retired Vice Sergeant from LAPD and the former Executive Director of Journey Out, a Los Angeles based nonprofit with a mission to “help victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking leave a life of abuse and violence, overcome their fears, and empower them to reach their full potential and achieve their goals.” Dr. Powell currently serves as the Director of Law Enforcement Training and Survivor Services at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. She says her most notable and rewarding assignment was being named Senior Lead Officer in the Foothill Area during the Rodney King incident. She was later awarded Woman of the Year by the California State Assembly for her work surrounding Rodney King. You can read Dr. Powell's full bio here.


Follow the National Center on Sexual Exploitation to see Dr. Powell's work in action:

Website: www.endsexualexploitaiton.org

Twitter: @ncose

Instagram: @endexploitation


Follow Dr. Powell Directly:

Twitter: @stephany_dr

LinkedIn: Stephany Powell Ed. D Photo Credit: NCOSE


Resources and Links from the Show:

  • In this episode, Rania discusses SB145. You can read more about the bill nicknamed "The Pedophile Bill" here.

  • You can find out more about community policing here.

  • You can find human trafficking resources here.

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