While Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge will be unable to attend Mercyhurst College’s 31st annual criminal justice conference on Friday, June 11, at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on the Erie campus, the conference’s morning session will continue. In addition, Ridge will be forwarding a taped version of his speech to be broadcast at noon.
Titled, “The Future of Crime … The Challenge for Justice,” this year’s conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. with welcoming remarks from Shirley Williams, who directs law enforcement training programs at Mercyhurst North East. At 8:45 a.m., William Tafoya, Ph.D., of the University of New Haven, will speak on “Signal-to-Noise: The S-Curve of Crime;” and at 9:45 a.m., Carl Anderson Esq., executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, will highlight “Future Challenges for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.”
A panel discussion on “Homeland Security: Protecting Local Assets” is also on the morning’s agenda. The discussion, to be held from 11 a.m. until noon, will be moderated by Joseph Weindorf, director of the Erie County 911/Public Safety Office; and feature panelists Nick Sleptzoff, Erie County Emergency Management Agency director; Robert Rudge, supervisory special agent, Erie field office, Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Erie County Court Judge Michael E. Dunlavey, Maj. Gen., U.S. Army Reserve.
At noon, a taped message from Ridge, made exclusively for the conference, will be broadcast in the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center.
A reception in the Carolyn Herrmann Student Union will conclude the conference, which is free and open to the public. Registration is due by Wednesday, June 9. For more information, contact the Mercyhurst Civic Institute at (814) 824-2327; or fax (814) 824-2182.