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Hot Topics

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
11:30 am1:00 pm
Union Bank and Trust Company (4732 Calvert St.)

How Can Lincoln Prevent Mass Violence?

What can we–as individuals and as a community–do to minimize the risk of a mass tragedy happening here? Posting more guards, put a stop to bullying, encourage the press to de-emphasize violent acts. These are all partial and potential solutions to violence in our society. Just what are we doing in Lincoln, and what should we be doing?

Efforts are under way to make our schools safer. But as we have seen, violence can occur at outdoor concerts, sporting events, church services, shopping malls or hospital e-rooms. Often perpetrators exhibit behaviors that are predictors of violence. At this Hot Topics, we’ll discuss what those symptoms or behaviors might be, and who to call for help. This is not a session where we will debate firearms controls. We need to understand how we operate in a society where guns and other forms of violence are present, and learn strategies for coping. Prevention is not just a job for law enforcement or mental health providers. We all have a role to keep our community safe.

Jeff Bliemeister, Lincoln Police Department, Chief
Dr. Denise Bulling, University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, Senior Research Director
Charlotte Burke, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, Manager of Health Promotion, Data and Evaluation
Kasey Moyer, Mental Health Association of Nebraska, Executive Director
Sarah Murtagh, University Police-Human Resource and Public Relations Coordinator

11:30am Lunch and Gathering
11:45am Program
1:00pm Adjourn

There is no fee for Admission
$10.00 for Leadership Lincoln to provide your lunch

Union Bank and Trust Company
The bank is on the northwest corner of 48th and Calvert Sts. (next to a Kwik Shop).
Parking available on the west side of the bank or across Calvert St. to the south.
We will meet in the lower level conference room.