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Oct. 21: Police chiefs discuss law enforcement, society

just-mercyPULLMAN, Wash. – Changes in law enforcement to meet societal needs and demands will be discussed by Pullman and Washington State University police chiefs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in CUE 203 at WSU. The free, public talk is tied to WSU’s common reading, “Just Mercy,” by Bryan Stevenson.

Following a short history of law enforcement since the 1992 Rodney King riots, Pullman chief Gary Jenkins and WSU chief Bill Gardner will talk about recent police shootings that have made international news, including the roles played by training, technology and philosophy in law enforcement.

Gardner has been executive director of public safety and WSU police chief since 2008. A Pullman native, he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at WSU and has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience.

Jenkins was appointed as Pullman chief of police in 2010 after working for the Claremont Police Department in California for more than 30 years. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the California Police Officer Standards and Training Command College.

In its ninth year, WSU’s common reading introduces students in first-year classes to an academic dialogue around a book. Learn more at


Karen Weathermon, WSU common reading, 509-335-5488,
Emma Epperly, WSU Undergraduate Education communications, 509-335-9458,



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