LEPH 20203 explores the complex and diverse intersections of law enforcement and public health. 

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LEPH2023 Europe is the first regional European conference exploring the complex and diverse intersections of law enforcement and public health, involving practitioners, policy makers and researchers from these and other related sectors. It carries on the international LEPH conference series, with an opportunity to focus on key regional issues.

Finding common ground and creating understanding and ways to work together between these sectors is critically important: most current social, humanitarian, security and broad public health issues require an intersectoral response. The conference brings bring together key stakeholders - practitioners, policymakers and academics - from the widest range of perspectives, to explore the nature of the myriad interactions between police, other law enforcement actors, and the broadest public health. The conference offers a safe space to address such questions as:

  • How do we bring all the relevant stakeholders together to build sturdy health security and resilient communities and services?
  • Why is the obvious intersection of law enforcement (especially police) and public health so inadequately recognised and poorly understood?
  • Why is marginalisation the enemy of security and health?
  • Can inclusive policing and police-public health partnerships overcome marginalisation?
  • Above all, what actually works ‘on the ground’ and in practice?

LEPH2023 Europe will provide a major opportunity to further develop our understanding of the intersections between police and other law enforcement personnel and those individuals and organisations delivering public health programs in the community, and how to strengthen and sustain them. The key theme for LEPH2023 Europe is ‘Together towards resilient communities’, building on previous LEPH conferences which have described and analysed the issues, examined a huge range of actual and possible responses globally, and stressed the importance of collaborative leadership in policy and practice.

As with all LEPH conferences, the Conference Program will be heavily weighted towards promoting collaborative action – in practice, research, policy development and in the integration of these three elements.