American Policing

Dates: October 11, 2021

Meets: Mon. from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Museum of the Rockies

OLLI Member: $0.00


Enrollment requires a 2021 - 2022 OLLI at MSU Membership

Tom Elfmont, a retired LAPD captain and founder and CEO of a global investigative and security firm, will describe American policing over time from Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency through the Trump presidency and the current era. Participants will examine social and political movements during the mid- and late-60s that closely resemble the contemporary "defund the police" and Black Lives Matter protest movements. We'll explore crime and criminal justice issues of the different eras; dissect criminal justice tactics ranging from the lenient sentencing of the late 60s and 70s to the harsher sentencing practices of the late 80s and 90s; and look at incarceration rates. Tom will also discuss the role police unions have played in policing and issues related to the use of force and deadly force.

Fee:   $0.00

Museum of the Rockies

600 W Kagy Blvd, Bozeman, MT 59717

Tom Elfmont

Tom Elfmont was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant and served in Vietnam. He began his career in policing with the Berkeley Police Department. He then went on to serve the Los Angeles Police Department for 27 years before retiring as a captain. During his tenure at LAPD, he was assigned as a field commander during the Rodney King riots and attended the FBI National Academy. Tom formed an investigation and security company after retiring from the LAPD. He earned a bachelor's degree from New Mexico State University, an MPA from Golden Gate University and a second master's from USC.


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