"I'm very much a proponent of trying to change the warrior mentality into that of a guardian."

The following is an interview with LEAP speaker and Commander Marc Buslik, who has spent the last 39 years in the Chicago Police Department. He talks about how far policing has come in building better relationships with communities and the work that still needs to be done.

Roshun Shah: What drew you into police work, and why did you join the Chicago Police Department? 

Commander Marc Buslik: When I was in college in the mid-1970s, my plan was to graduate and go into the Peace Corps. I grew up in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago along the north shore of Lake Michigan — an upper middle class, Jewish community. 
A couple friends told me they were going to go take the test to become a Chicago police officer. I really had no interest, but they convinced me it was a changing time, and the police department had a better pension plan than the Peace Corps. So, I wound up doing that and met a lieutenant in the police department, who was also one of my professors. He got promoted to deputy super…

PRESS RELEASE: LEAP Endorses Landmark Drug Treatment Bill

For Immediate Release: Wednesday May 8, 2019
Contact: Mikayla Hellwich


Full list of endorsements (PDF) | Bill text (PDF) | Fact Sheet (PDF)
Today, a nonpartisan and cross-disciplinary coalition of organizations and public agencies are endorsing the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act of 2019 to provide funding and resources to address the opioid crisis as a public health emergency. The Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP), a nonprofit group of police, judges, and other criminal justice experts who support evidence-based drug treatment methods and harm reduction services, joins hundreds of organizations and state, local, and tribal agencies in endorsing the legislation.

"By focusing on enforcement for so long, we've largely disregarded the needs of people who have become addicted to drugs. We need to stop writing policy based on wh…

"I held this kid's hand. I talked to him. I begged him not to die."

An interview with Deputy Chief Wayne Harris (Ret.), formerly of the Rochester Police Department in New York.Deputy Chief Wayne Harris (Ret.) joined the LEAP speakers bureau in 2019 to work on issues ranging from procedural justice to the impacts of justice system fines and fees on indigent civilians. In this interview, he discusses the mental health challenges facing police and how re-envisioning policing as "relational" will revolutionize the field and make neighborhoods safer.

Mikayla Hellwich: Why did you choose a career in law enforcement?

Chief Harris: I never actually intended to be a police officer growing up. I started working with the Salvation Army when I was about 16, and I developed a skill set in dealing with youth. It was a summer job once, and I kept going back to it in New Jersey for about eight years. After that time, a friend of my father's, who was an officer on the Rochester Police Department, approached my father with a job he thought I would be great …

The Opioid Crisis - How Every Cop Can Help Right Now

My name is Chris Magnus, and I’m the police chief of Tucson, Arizona. Recently, several of my officers were flagged down by a frantic couple who said someone in their vehicle was dying. The officers were led to an unresponsive 20 year-old man experiencing a drug overdose in the back seat. They worked to revive him, and he was ultimately transported to a nearby hospital where his condition improved. Meanwhile, the young man’s friends told the officers about other teens in similar shape at a nearby house party.

The officers rushed to the house and discovered an unconscious 17 year-old girl lying on the floor. She had overdosed, and all the signs pointed to opioids. Relying on their training, our officers administered naloxone (also called Narcan®), an over-the-counter opioid overdose reversal drug. This drug is as simple to use as it is effective, and can be administered nasally without any harmful side effects. Thankfully, due to the concerned couple, our officers’ actions, and the powe…