Published on January 12th, 2022 | by University Communications


Savannah Center hosting discussion on Community Policing: Partnerships and Problem Solving

The Savannah Education Center will host a discussion on Community Policing: Partnerships and Problem Solving, at 6 p.m., Thursday, January 27.

Saint Leo alumnus and retired St. Petersburg (FL) Police Department Major Scott MacDonald is the guest speaker for this event.

This interactive seminar will provide law enforcement practitioners with the tools necessary to define, develop, nurture, and maintain partnerships to improve the quality of life in their respective communities. It also will provide insight into proven problem-solving techniques and real-life examples that can be used to reduce crime and the fear of victimization.

Community policing recognizes that policing is wide-ranging and incorporates more than crime fighting. It helps resolve conflicts and prevent accidents in addition to solving problems and fighting fear.

This program is open to law enforcement professionals, those interested in studying criminal justice, and interested members of the public. All are invited to learn more about community policing.

Guest speaker MacDonald graduated magna cum laude from Saint Leo University in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in criminology. He began his career in law enforcement with the St. Petersburg Police Department in 1991 as a patrol officer. He went on to become a sergeant, serving as a field training supervisor and the Community Policing sergeant for the District 2 area of the city. He rose to the rank of major and served as the commander of the Uniform Support Division.

McDonald was nominated for the St. Petersburg Police Department Police Officer of the Year in 1997 and 2002.

Faculty and staff are asked to invite students, friends, and alumni to attend this discussion at the Savannah Education Center, 325 W. Montgomery Crossroads, Savannah, GA. 31406, to learn more about community policing.

To attend, please RSVP to For more information, call (912) 352-8331.

COVID protocols: Masks will be required by all individuals while indoors. This guidance is required regardless of whether the individual is vaccinated.


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