Partnerships to promote improved police-community relations

9:45 - 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 21, 2017
PSU 312

How can a local police department, local university and the community collaborate to ensure police accountability and professional development all while protecting and serving diverse constituencies so that “protect and serve” is the reality?


Founder Marlon Graves

Marlon Graves

TMP Professional, LLC

Marlon Graves is founder of TMP Professional LLC, an adult education, tutoring and mentoring group which focuses on providing essentials, skills and tools to adult students seeking completion of their education. Graves is best known for his implementation of PFS (Plan for Success) portfolio, which allows his mentoring and tutoring to take a front seat in today’s rigorous expectations in education. He also serves as the first vice president of the NAACP, Springfield Chapter.

Graves is a Springfield native, who recently returned from south Florida, where he spent the past 20 years providing instruction and consulting services to Miami Dade College, Miami Dade and Broward County Public Schools, Kaplan University, Sanford Brown Institute, University of Phoenix and Baker University. 

Graves holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, psychology from Baker University and a master's in higher education from Walden University.

Member Barry Hairston

Barry Hairston

Springfield NAACP

Barry Hairston is a native of Springfield. He has lived here all of his 61 years. He has three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Hairston retired after a 25 year career with 3M Company. His hobbies are hunting, fishing and travel. Is involved in the Springfield community and attends church at Deliverance Temple Ministries. Hairston is a member of the Springfield NAACP and the Chief of Police Advisory Committee.

Project Director Francine Pratt

Francine Pratt

Project Director
Springfield 2025 Higher Education Attainment Proj

Francine Pratt is project director for the Springfield 2025 – Higher Education Attainment Project and bureau chief for the Special Operations Bureau with the unclaimed property division of the California State Controller’s Office.

She is the former executive director for the Missouri State University office of multicultural programs and assistant to the vice president for diversity and inclusion.

Previous posts also include program coordinator for Student African American Brotherhood: Brother to Brother Program and Drury Scholars, where she prepared African American middle school/high school students for college through personal development and exposure to college opportunities.

Pratt served as executive director for Isabel’s House and as the president for the Springfield Chapter of the NAACP. She holds extensive public service and corporate employment experience that includes leadership and administrative positions. She is the co-owner of Pratt Consultants. 

Associate Professor Jamil Saquer

Jamil Saquer

Associate Professor
Missouri State University

Dr. Jamil Saquer is an associate professor of computer science at Missouri State University and the vice president of the Islamic Center in Springfield. He has been on faculty at Missouri State since 2000.

Saquer grew up in Palestine. He moved to the United States in 1993 and became a U.S. citizen. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Chief of Police Paul Williams

Paul Williams

Chief of Police
Springfield Police Department

Springfield Chief of Police Paul F. Williams has more than 34 years of law enforcement experience. He came to Springfield after serving with the Tulsa Police Department, retiring at the rank of major. He instructs criminal justice courses at Missouri State University, is certified as an instructor for the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations program and is a Missouri POST generalist instructor.

Williams holds leadership roles in a number of area organizations. He is a gubernatorial appointee to both the Missouri Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST) and the Missouri Crime Lab Review Commission. He was honored as Missouri’s Police Chief of the Year in 2015.

Williams holds a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Northeastern Oklahoma State University and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Northern Michigan University.