Deputy Chief Michael P. Downing of the Los Angeless Police Department will deliver the 5th annual Susette M. talarico lecture at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 15th in the North Tower of the Miller Learning Center. The event is named in honor of Dr. Talarico, a long-time UGA faculaty member in the Department of Political Science and former director of the Criminal Justice Studies Program.

Chief Downing's lecture is entitled "Policing Convergent Threats in the 21st Century." Chief Downing is the Commanding Officer of the Los Angeles Police Department's Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau. He has worked with the New Scotland Yard's Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Command and served as a member of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council working group on developing a strategy for countering violent extremism. In 2010, Chief Downing was elected the President of the Leadership in Counter-Terrorism (LinCT) Alumni Association. The association works with the FBI's LinCT program to develop a global enterprise of networked counter-terrorism practitioners from the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Chief Downing has also worked with the Department of Justice, traveling to South America, Africa, Turkey, and Poland in an effort to transition large national police organizations into democratic civilian policing models.

For more information please acces his LAPD biography.