April 12 Conference on 'Protecting Places of Worship'

Mar 27, 2019

Cal U presents the 11th annual Conference on Homeland and International Security.

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Gregory Mullen will be the keynote speaker at the Conference on Homeland and International Security.

Gregory Mullen, the chief of police in Charleston, S.C., during the time of the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015, will deliver the keynote address at the 11th annual Conference on Homeland and International Security. 

“Protecting Places of Worship” will be held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 12 in the Performance Center, located in the Natali Student Center. The conference is organized by the Department of Criminal Justice.  Registration is required.

Members of the public, including law enforcement officers and criminal justice professionals, are invited to join Cal U students, faculty and staff at the free event. 

Mullen’s keynote presentation, “Partnerships, Trust and Legitimacy: How They Integrate to Create Resiliency During Crisis,” will be from 11-11:45 a.m. 

Mullen, now associate vice president for public safety and chief of police at Clemson University, was Charleston’s chief police from 2006-2017. 

He coordinated incident action planning, crisis communications and media management surrounding the mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church. Nine members of the church were killed. Dylann Roof was convicted of 33 federal hate crimes in 2016 and sentenced to death. 

Other presenters at the conference are faculty in Cal U’s Criminal Justice Department: 

  • Dr. John Cencich, a former senior U.N. war crimes investigator and director of the Pennsylvania Center for Investigative and Forensic Services, will present “Threat Assessments through Predictive Behavioral Analysis” from 9:15-10 a.m. 
  • Dr. Michael Hummel, a retired military police officer and an active municipal police officer in Charleroi and Monessen, Pa., will present “The Physical Security Challenge of Protecting Institutions of Worship” from 10:05-10:50 a.m. 

For more information, contact Dr. Julie Warnick, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, at warnick@calu.edu or 724-938-5865.