Community Relations Service
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S COMMUNITY RELATIONS SERVICE (CRS) DIRECTOR TO ADDRESS CELEBRATORY RIOTS CONFERENCE AT OHIO STATE
| FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Justice Department announced that Community Relations Service (CRS) Director Sharee M. Freeman will make remarks to attendees of the National Conference Addressing Issues Related to Celebratory Riots at Ohio State University. The event will be held at noon on November 20, 2003 at the Blackwell Inn.
The Ohio State University, University of Minnesota, and the Community Relations Service are cosponsoring the conference on November 20-21, 2003, to share available research, compare experiences, and discuss various strategies.
"Anger, rage, and violence have become part of the games played by sports teams in different types of leagues. Contingency planning for disruptions has become an essential component of event scheduling for anyone hosting or staffing a large venue. Law enforcement officers face security issues that have become more complicated since the September 11th terrorist attacks," said Sharee M. Freeman.
The Community Relations Service has successfully provided conflict resolution and prevention assistance for many public events ranging from national conventions to student demonstrations, and college Greek society events involving large numbers of minority students and non-students. CRS has garnered extensive experience for these events planning issues to reduce racial tension, build community partnerships, and prevent violence. The lessons learned from these events, including partnerships formed with communities and experiences working alongside law enforcement, provide the framework for a body of knowledge about the management of large crowds and events. The CRS publication Managing Major Public Events: A Planning Guide for Municipal Officials, Law Enforcement, Community Leaders, Organizers, and Promoters is one source of information about managing racially diverse crowds and handling potential conflict. This publication is available on the CRS section of the Justice Department's website.
CRS is a unique federal component dedicated to preventing and defusing racial and ethnic conflicts. For more information about the Community Relations Service, a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, see its web site