Berkeley College Hosts Town Hall Discussion with Newark Police Department


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The Newark Police Department continued its mission to strengthen trust within the community during a town hall discussion with students at Berkeley College in Newark, NJ, on December 5, 2017. A panel comprised of police officials, Berkeley College students and alumni answered questions from an audience of faculty and students, many of whom take courses in the Legal Studies and Justice Studies – Criminal Justice programs at Berkeley College.

“Providing students with direct access to officials tasked with protecting and serving our communities aligns with the college’s mission to prepare our students for impactful careers in law enforcement and other public service professions,” said Michael McAteer, DBA, Dean, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies.

The panelists addressed initiatives police are taking to better connect with the community, reasons for disconnect between officers and citizens, and the challenges police face every day in law enforcement.

“With everything that is occurring in the news, both nationally and locally, dialogues like these are crucial for students to better understand how they can better collaborate with police to serve their communities,” said Earl Brown, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College in Newark, who moderated the panel discussion.

“The truth is that we cannot do our job without the community’s support,” said Capt. Adolph Perez, when discussing training programs in place to prepare Newark’s police officers for communicating with civilians. Lt. Robert Henningsen added, “We want to be part of the solution, not the problem.”

Click here to watch a recap of the town hall discussion that appeared on a recent broadcast of NJTV News (starting at the 16:04 mark).

Photo Captions A and B: (Top) Berkeley College hosts a town hall discussion with students and officials from the Newark Police Department at its campus in Newark, NJ, on December 5, 2017. (Above) Pictured from left to right are Earl Brown, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College in Newark; Capt. Adolph Perez; Sgt. Latasha Taylor; Lt. Robert Henningsen, all from the Newark Police Department; Berkeley College students Lachanee Scott and Chevonne Newman; and James Marshmon, Berkeley College alumnus and Student Success Coordinator, Berkeley College in Newark.

The discussion often turned to the role that media has played in creating friction within the community. Police officials and student panelists both acknowledged the need for a stronger balance of the positive and negative outcomes being reported on in the community.

“How you interact with anyone can determine an outcome,” said Berkeley College student Chevonne Newman of Newark, who noted that she is trying to encourage her children not to let their surrounding environment skew their perception of law enforcement. “If we make a stronger effort to encourage our children to actually communicate with police, maybe they will realize that what they see on television isn’t always the whole picture.”

“We cannot let the negative out-shadow the good that’s being done in our community,” said Berkeley College student Lachanee Scott of Newark. “The key to improving police officers’ relationship with civilians is through engagement from both sides.” James Marshmon, Berkeley College alumnus and Student Success Coordinator, added, “We have to remember that at the end of the day, we are all human.”

When addressing the challenges that police officers regularly face, Sgt. Latasha Taylor admitted there is constantly “the fear of not coming home at the end of the day.” Capt. Perez also added that a career in law enforcement could take its toll on family members. “When you become a cop, your family becomes a cop,” he said.

Photo Caption C: On the left, Sgt. Latasha Taylor of the Newark Police Department addresses students at a town hall discussion at Berkeley College in Newark, NJ, on December 5, 2017. Pictured with Sgt. Taylor is Earl Brown, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College in Newark (standing) and Capt. Adolph Perez. On the right, Berkeley College student Chevonne Newman addresses the panel about the disconnection between police and community. Pictured with Ms. Newman is Berkeley College student Lachanee Scott and James Marshmon, Berkeley College alumnus and Student Success Coordinator, Berkeley College in Newark.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,100 students – including more than 440 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is

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