LEPH 2016 Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Objectives of the LEPH Conference Series

Across the broadest range of public health issues, the Law Enforcement and Public Health Conferences held in 2012 and 2014 worked to:

  • Enhance local, national and international political and institutional leadership
  • Understand, develop and sustain partnerships
  • Translate research to policy to practice
  • Promote the critical role of education and training
  • Develop a multidisciplinary research agenda and methodology


Objectives for LEPH2016 Amsterdam

The LEPH2016 Convener and Partners believe that, in addressing complex health and security issues:

  • Law enforcement and health are intimately related and necessary partners
  • Organizations from both fields should work together closely to increase the health and safety of citizens
  • This is an important multidisciplinary domain which requires more exploration in empirical detail and in principle, and a greater focus on what the intersection means and necessitates, and how it can be improved and developed
  • Further learnings in this domain are best gained by combining research insights and professional practices. This requires the bringing together of researchers, practitioners and policymakers
  • International exchange of insights and practices is an important accelerator in the development of this important field

LEPH2016 moves the discussion from Description (LEPH2012) and Analysis (LEPH2014) to Action (LEPH2016). The Conference Program will be heavily weighted towards promoting collaborative action – in research, in policy development, in practice and in the integration of these three.


Major Conference Themes

LEPH2016 will present a multi-focused Conference Program that will address three main areas in generation of action:

  • Substantive issues – all the particular public health and social issues in which the police-public health partnership is important
  • Organisational issues – how to best achieve optimal and sustainable partnerships and collaboration
  • Reflection and methodological issues – creating a science of the public health and law enforcement intersection

A very diverse range of LEPH2016 Conference Topics – each with their own challenges – will comprise the program. They include:

  • Disability: policing and People with Disabilities
  • Road trauma: impacts of road policing on public health
  • Mental health: special challenges for policing
  • Public health as crime prevention
  • Policing and Public Health: the research, education and training agenda
  • Alcohol regulation: regulation for health and public order
  • Vulnerability, policing and public health issues
  • Policing and HIV
  • Violence: the Unsafe City and other violence prevention
  • The Developing World
  • Migrant, Refugee, Minority and Indigenous health
  • Police leadership in public health responses
  • Policing and marginalised communities