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Wednesday, October 19 , 9:30 am 11:30 am

September 28, October 5, 12, 19  (Wednesdays) 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Attend in person at ISU’s Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main St., Normal (Masks are optional.)


Watch Online via Zoom

*Classes are subject to change based on current CDC and IDPH guidelines, as well as ISU policies and procedures.


$35 for Senior Professional members
$45 for non-members

For in person, pricing is per person.
For ZOOM, one registration per household.

Price includes:
• Four 2-hour sessions (one Academy of Seniors class)
$15 single-session option available for in-person (pay at door).

Register online at seniorprofessionals.illinoisstate.edu or call (309) 438-2160.

Seating is limited for in-person viewing.

Zoom participants will receive a Zoom link a week prior to the class(es) for which they’ve signed up and again on the day of each class session.

Class Description:

September 28Exploring Community Perceptions & Historical Analysis of Law Enforcement

While policing relies heavily on positive relationships with community members who are willing to provide vital information, negative perceptions of law enforcement often impede this process. Join Professor Charles Bell as he provides a lively and engaging lecture on the circumstances and historical events that motivate community members to adopt negative perceptions of law enforcement. Bell will also offer some recommendations for improving community-police relations. 

October 5Suspension, Seclusion, and Restraint Practices in K-12 Schools

Several studies confirm that school officials punish nearly 3 million K-12 students annually. In recent years, students and parents have offered critical remarks about school suspension, seclusion, and restraint practices. Join Professor Bell as he discusses how school punishment impacts students’ grades, parents’ employment, and students’ and parents’ mental health. Bell will also discuss how school punishment practices periodically violate state and federal laws.

October 12Implications of Police Technology Adoption

Technology is constantly changing the environment of our world, and policing organizations are no exception. Police adoption of emerging technologies can have significant impacts on how the police are viewed by society as well as for police accountability. Learn about cutting edge technologies that the police are adopting (or not), and the effect that these choices have for civil liberties, police accountability,  and police legitimacy.

October 19Police Crime Reduction Strategies: Beyond Traditional Motorized Patrol

For most of the existence of modern police agencies, officers patrolled to create deterrence through a sense of omni-presence. Amid scientific research indicating that this strategy was ineffective, police leaders have sought to improve upon crime prevention and control strategies through a process known as evidence-based policing. This lecture will cover several of these strategies along with the degree to which they show promise for effectiveness.


Charles Bell, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice Sciences, ISU (September 28 and October 5)

Mike Rossler, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Sciences, ISU (October 12 and 19)


Wednesday, October 19
9:30 am – 11:30 am
$15 – $45


Senior Professionals
(309) 438-2818
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Normal, IL 61761 United States
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