The Future of Campus Policing

Join KQED and CalMatters for a discussion with students, faculty, and administrators about how we rethink the role of police on campuses.

Do colleges need their own police forces? If so, what changes are needed so that departments are responsive to the community, and students of color feel safe on campus? If not, what might replace them?

In the wake of national protests against racism and police brutality, colleges and universities are taking a hard look at their own policing practices. University of California student activists are calling for the university to abolish its in-house police department, and the Peralta Community College District recently voted to end its contract with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. Some campuses are announcing more gradual changes to the way they ensure safety, such as shifting some responsibilities to unarmed security guards or mental health counselors.

Join KQED and CalMatters for a ranging discussion with students, faculty, administrators, and law enforcement about how we rethink the role of police on campuses.


  • Ja’Corey Bowens, Associated Students of San Francisco State University
  • Joseph Farrow, chief of police, UC Davis
  • Kimberly King, professor, Laney College
  • John Pérez, chair, University of California Board of Regents
  • Dylan Rodriguez, professor, UC Riverside
  • Naomi Waters, UC Student Association

This event is co-presented by

Higher education reporting at KQED and at CalMatters is supported by generous grants from the College Futures Foundation.

WHENWednesday, April 21, 2021 6:00 PM (PT)