(Washington DC) On September 18, 2018, the United States Capitol Police’s Office of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action (IDEA) held a Diversity Speaker's panel at the Capitol Police Headquarters. The goal of the panel was to share their experiences as managers and as individuals who have influenced leadership. The panel provided information on how they managed their careers, personally invested in resources for skill development (e.g., trainings, books, videos, etc.), managed difficult workplace situations, as well as provided anecdotal advice and strategies to Capitol Police employees, which included the chief of police and his command staff.
Chief Diversity Officer, Natalie Holder moderated the event and asked a series of questions of panel members in order to create a conversation centered around diversity and inclusion. Joe Perez, President of the National Capitol Region chapter of HAPCOA served on the panel. Also participating on the panel were Lashinda Stair, First Assistant Chief of Police
Detroit Police Department, Eric Robins, Chief Sugarland, TX Police Department, William (“Blair”) Anderson, Chief of Police St. Cloud, MN Police Department, Dr. Timothy Trainer, President
Mount St. Mary’s University, Valerie Cofield, Deputy Assistant Director, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cathleen English, Director
Training Services Bureau, US Capitol Police and Major Philip P. Tou, Police Services Bureau Commander University of Maryland- College Park.