Speaker announcement: John Carli

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Community corrections partners have a long history of working together to keep our communities safe. In recent years many changes have dramatically altered the criminal justice landscape.” Community corrections partners need to rethink, regroup, reengage and embrace new ideas that transcend the typical reentry models,” said Vacaville Police Chief John Carli.

In the breakout session, “Transcending Traditional Roles Between Law Enforcement and Probation: The pathway to achieve lower recidivism and improve community safety,” Chief Carli, a 29-year law enforcement veteran, will identify the changing roles of probation and law enforcement and discuss how to align two different missions into a single vision.

In 2016, Chief Carli was invited to the White House and shared the collaborative outreach programs associated with the Community Response Unit in Vacaville. The unit pairs officers and clinical services personnel to collaborate with probation and the courts, transcending the typical problem-solving approach into an inventive partnership that reduced the impacts of quality-of-life crimes.

Carli was appointed Chief of Police in the City of Vacaville in 2014 coming up through the ranks within his own agency. His career started with the Vacaville Police Department in 1989 where he spent his early years as a police officer patrolling the streets with his K9 partner. He eventually served as a field training officer and detective.

While in Investigations, Carlie was assigned to the Northern California Computer Crimes Task Force in Napa, California, investigating computer crimes and identity theft.

Carlie promoted in 2003 and, over the next several years, supervised and managed patrol teams, SWAT, Critical Incident Negotiations, the K9 Unit, firearms instructors, the Mobile Field Force, Police Technology, and the Office of Professional Standards.

Carli was instrumental in implementing body-worn cameras to all officers beginning in 2009. This gained national and statewide attention through the publishing of a department study on the issue of body-worn cameras and organizational trust, which was included in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) report “Implementing a Body-worn Camera Program – Recommendations and Lessons Learned.”

As chief of a full service agency serving a community of approximately 100,000, Carli’s approach to community policing is both progressive and innovative. In 2016, he formed the Community Partnership Division and subsequent Community Response Unit using COPS funding, focusing on quality of life and homeless issues.

Community engagement became a top priority, most notable through the successful use of Facebook and other social media outlets, which has gained Vacaville national attention due to the manner and level of community engagement. Chief Carli chairs the Vacaville Homeless Roundtable and is outspoken in coalescing community groups and faith-based organizations to address social issues placed at the feet of law enforcement.

Chief Carli is currently an active member of the California Police Chiefs Association and chairs the California Data Sharing Task Force, which focuses on best practice strategies for law enforcement technology and information system sharing.

Chief Carli earned a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Management. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police, and he was awarded the Executive Leadership Certificate by the California Department of Justice Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Chief Carli is an Executive Fellow with the National Police Foundation and also represents the California Police Chiefs Association on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. Additionally he is an instructor at the Napa Community College Police Academy focusing on leadership, professionalism and ethics. Carli teaches various law enforcement topics including computer crime investigations and Internet intelligence at conferences and training events nationwide. Chief Carli regularly speaks to law enforcement leaders and national stakeholders regarding best practices in law enforcement. Most relevant is his work regarding the law enforcement response to the national narrative on best practices in policing, crisis management and the media, particularly addressing controversial videos and public trust, as well as the use of social media for community engagement.


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