UNLV Boyd School of Law and The Mob Museum Invite Community to “Police De-Escalation: Reducing Force and Building Community Trust”


WHAT:    The Race, Gender, and Policing Program at the UNLV William S. Boyd School and The Mob Museum bring together a panel of experts, officials and activists to discuss de-escalation tactics and the use of force by police, especially in situations involving people experiencing mental illness, trauma or distress. The conversation will explore when and how police, including the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, use de-escalation methods to avoid the use of force. The panel will discuss the psychiatric basis for de-escalation practices, the impact of police encounters on victims and families, and community responses.


  • Professor Melissa Plasecki, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine 
  • Professor Addie Rolnick, University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law 
  • Captain Nichole Splinter, Las Vegas Metro Police Department
  • Korey Tillman, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Department of Sociology 
  • Nissa Tzun, Forced Trajectory Project

WHEN:  Tuesday, November 12
              6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:   The Mob Museum

Established in 1998, the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has nearly 400 students and offers three juris doctor degree programs: a full-time day program, a part-time day program, and a part-time evening program. The school also offers a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Gaming Law and Regulation and three dual degree programs: the J.D./MBA, J.D./M.S.W., and J.D./Ph.D. It is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. For more information about UNLV Law, please visit law.unlv.edu and stay connected on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.