Group will Meet with Charles Ramsey, Bill Bratton, David Kennedy and Other Experts to Talk About Reducing Gun Violence, Increasing School Safety and Strengthening Police and Community Relations

Monday, April 9 – Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the Darcy Hotel

Washington, DC – On Monday, April 9 and Tuesday, April 10, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) will bring together bipartisan mayors, police chiefs and other experts to discuss common sense strategies on keeping cities safe in a changing environment.  The two-day meeting will focus on a range of issues including reducing gun violence in cities; school safety; strengthening police and community relations; improving police interactions with people in crisis; police department reform; preparing for and responding to active shooter situations; and building trust with immigrant communities.  The meeting will be held at the Darcy Hotel (1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW | Washington, D.C. 20005).

Mayors and Police Chiefs will hold a PRESS CONFERENCE on Tuesday, April 10 at 12 noon ET at the Darcy Hotel, Ellington Room.

See here for a draft agenda and here for a list of pre-registered mayors.  All sessions are open to the press unless otherwise indicated. The meeting will not open to the press until 2 pm ET on Monday, April 9. Members of the media are encouraged to register in advance by emailing Sara Durr at [email protected].

Note to producers, editors and hosts: For more information on interview opportunities, please contact Sara Durr at 202-215-1811 or by e-mail at [email protected].

WHAT: Keeping Cities Safe in a Changing Environment: A Meeting of Mayors and Police Chiefs


New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, USCM President

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, SC, USCM Vice President

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, USCM Chair, Task Force of Mayors and Police Chiefs

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, USCM Chair, Criminal and Social Justice Committee

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik, USCM Chair, Children, Health and Human Services Committee

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, USCM Co-Chair, Task Force on Immigration Reform

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan

Charles Ramsey, Co-Chair, President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing; former police chief in Washington, DC and Philadelphia; USCM Advisor

Scott Thomson, Chief of Police, Camden; President, Police Executive Research Forum

Paul Cell, Chief of Police, Montclair State University, First VP, International Association of Chiefs of Police

Tom Manger, Police Chief of Montgomery County, MD; President, Major Cities Chiefs Association

Chuck Wexler, Executive Director, Police Executive Research Forum

Daniel Isom, Senior Law Enforcement Advisory, Everytown for Gun Safety, former Chief of Police, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

Mike Casserly, Executive Director, Council on the Great City Schools

Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum

David Kennedy, Director, National Network for Safe Communities, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Bill Bratton, former police chief in Boston, Los Angeles, New York City

Peter Newsham, Chief of Police, Washington, DC

Tom Cochran, USCM CEO & Executive Director

WHEN: Monday, April 9 – Tuesday, April 10, 2018

WHERE: Darcy Hotel | 1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW | Washington, D.C. 20005


  • All sessions are OPEN to the press unless otherwise indicated.
  • On-site registration at the Darcy Hotel will also be available during the meeting. ONLY reporters with proper, up-to-date press credentials will be allowed access.


Tuesday, April 10

12:00 noon – 12:45 pm

Ellington Room