James Madison’s Montpelier to Convene Law Enforcement Training on U.S. Constitution


The Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier will host members of the law enforcement community for training on the U.S. Constitution September 23-25, 2014. In the wake of events in Ferguson, MO, the Center is opening an additional 10 spaces in its highly-regarded Law Enforcement and the Constitution seminar. This will allow more Virginia agencies to send officers to Montpelier to drill into key components of Madison’s greatest work, the U.S. Constitution, and the Constitution’s relevance for today's law enforcement community.

Members of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies have been coming to Montpelier for its accredited Law Enforcement and the Constitution seminar for five years. The September 23–25 seminar on the grounds of James Madison's historic estate is set to take on a unique tone in the shadows of civil unrest around the shooting of Michael Brown.

"This year's Law Enforcement and the Constitution seminar is just as important as those of past years," notes Montpelier Vice President, Douglas Smith, "but the events of the last few weeks may crystallize some unique examples for seminar participants. We want to make sure that Virginia's law enforcement community is in the position to make the best decisions."

Serving as resource leaders during the event will be Justice William Mims of the Virginia Supreme Court, Stewart Harris, J.D. of the Appalachian School of Law, Byron Warnken, J.D. of the University of Baltimore School of Law, and Chief Tim Longo of the Charlottesville City Police Department.

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services accredits the Center's Law Enforcement Seminar for PIC credits. Agencies and law enforcement programs interested in more information about the training should contact Susan Simpson at ssimpson@montpelier.org for more details about application.







Caroline Godfrey