Policing & Prosecution Panel
The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring presents:
A panel on issues of racial bias in the our local police and prosecution system as part of the Living Our Values Experience (LOVE) Pilot program.
Our panelists include:
District Attorney of Philadelphia
After passing the bar, DA Krasner worked for the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Philadelphia. He opened his own law firm in 1993 and worked as a criminal defense lawyer in Philadelphia for 30 years, specializing in civil rights, and frequently representing protestors pro bono. He has been the District Attorney of Philadelphia since he was first sworn into office in January of 2018.
Chief of the Cheltenham Police Department
Chief Slavin has been the Chief of the Cheltenham Police Department since July of 2022. He worked in law enforcement for the past 38 years, starting his career as a Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff. Prior to being hired in Cheltenham in July 1989, he had also worked with the Rockledge Borough PD. While most of his career as a patrol officer, he has also worked in a variety of specialized assignments and ranks including 18 years as a K9 handler one of the department’s first specially trained K9 narcotics detection teams.
Yolanda S. Neal
Former City of Philadelphia Police Department civilian employee, and currently our Executive Assistant to the VP for Development and Alumni Engagement at Arcadia University
Yolonda Neal is Former City of Philadelphia Police Department civilian employee. She served for 8 years as a CORA (Civilian Operations Room Assistant) at the 25th District. In this position, she served as a point of contact between the inside police personnel, radio dispatch and commanding officers. She was responsible for processing police reports, crime data/activity and juvenile prisoners. While with the department, she completed several training/classes including PCIC/INCT Database, Situational Awareness and Implicit Bias training/certifications.
Published Author, Public Speaker and Human Rights Activist
Sergio Hyland is a published author, public speaker and human rights activist. He is also an Executive Assistant at the Abolitionist Law Center – a public interest law firm – as well as a Criminal Justice Organizer for the Pennsylvania Working Families Party. He has served 22 straight years in prison and has been a leader in the community since being released, in early 2022.