Connecting Communities: Get to Know The 54th Mile Policing Project Team

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Co-Founders of the 54th Mile Policing Project

Assistant Chief Tarrick McGuire
Asst. Chief Tarrick McGuire

A native of Dallas, TX, Tarrick McGuire began a career in public service with the Arlington (TX) Police Department in 2003. During his tenure, he has served in multiple positions before being appointed Assistant Police Chief in 2022. As a nationally recognized public speaker and published author, Chief McGuire has been a leading authority on community-police relations, police pattern and practice, evidence-based policing, police reform, and public policy. In 2020, he was appointed to the Council on Policing Reforms and Race by the National Policing Institute, and in 2022, he was inducted into the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame.

During his career, Chief McGuire has been at the forefront of developing innovative strategies and leading national change in community-police relations impacting lives globally. In 2015, he developed and piloted a community engagement model in his local community to build relationships between youth and the police. The Mentoring Arlington Youth model reduced racial disparities in arrests and school discipline and is a national model to build public trust. In 2016, Chief McGuire served as a law enforcement fellow with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) contributing to research and technical assistance to US police departments on 21st Century Policing. During this period, Chief McGuire worked with the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) and the Obama Administration to improve policing practices, policy, and community-police relations nationally.

Police Chief Shon F. Barnes
Chief Shon F. Barnes

Chief Barnes is a nationally recognized leader in crime reduction and community-police relations. He was previously the Director of Training and Professional Development for the Civilian Office of Police Accountability in Chicago, Illinois. Chief Barnes was the Deputy Chief of Police in Salisbury, North Carolina (2017-2020) and a Captain with the Greensboro (NC) Police Department where he began his career as a patrol officer in the fall of 2000. Chief Barnes was honored as a National Institute of Justice LEADS (Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science) Scholar for using innovative technology to reduce crime and is a council member of the National Police Institute’s Council on Policing Reforms and Race. The council is a nonpartisan initiative that uses research and evidence to offer recommendations to resolve some of the most pressing issues regarding police reform. Throughout his career Chief Barnes has implemented Neighborhood-Oriented Policing which focuses on smaller police beat response, police neighborhood ownership, and community engagement at all levels within the organization.

Chief Barnes attended Elizabeth City (NC) State University where he received a BA in history/pre-law and the University of Cincinnati (OH) where he received an MS in criminal justice. He has earned a Ph.D. in leadership studies from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (Greensboro, North Carolina).

Dr. Obed Magny
Dr. Obed Magny

Dr. Obed Magny is the Founder and CEO of Magny Leadership, a management consulting company. Dr. Obed Magny is a former police officer of the Sacramento (CA) Police Department with nearly two decades of experience. He’s worked in various capacities including on Patrol, as a School Resource Officer, serving on the Union Board, and within the Professional Standards Unit.

Dr. Magny is a co-founding member of the 54th Mile Policing Project and a co-founder and executive board member of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing (ASEBP). He is a former National Institute of Justice LEADS (Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science) Scholar. He is a Policing Fellow with the National Policing Institute, where he currently serves as the chairman of the Personnel and Staffing Working Group.

In addition to being a consultant, Dr. Magny is an executive coach, leadership speaker, and public policy advisor. Dr. Magny’s expertise includes motivation, job satisfaction, diversity, trauma, race and community-police relations, and emotional intelligence.

The 54th Mile Steering Committee

Cedric Alexander
Dr. Cedric L. Alexander
Daryl Atkinson
Daryl V. Atkinson
Michael Collins
Kym Craven
Kym Craven
Chief Kevin Davis
Chief Kevin Davis
Warrick Dunn
Ganesha Martin
Chief Celeste Murphy
Kathleen O'Toole
Kathleen O’Toole
Constance ‘Connie’ Rice
Sean Smoot
Sean Smoot
Leodis Strong
Leodis Strong

National Policing Institute

The National Policing Institute (NPI) was established in 1970 as a non-partisan and independent nonprofit organization dedicated to pursuing excellence in policing through science and innovation. NPI envisions police and communities working together to implement best practices that are informed or supported by research, resulting in safe, healthy, economically thriving, and mutually trusting communities.

NPI provides services in three main areas: research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, and organizational assessments and after-action reviews. These services are rooted in evidence-based practices and designed to assist law enforcement agencies in making strategic and operational decisions based on the latest research and innovation. NPI leverages scientific research and technology to engage with agencies and communities, nationwide and abroad, using collaborative approaches involving scholars, practitioners, law enforcement agencies, and community stakeholders. NPI aims to serve as a model for the systematic examination of the challenges faced by law enforcement agencies.

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