Dialogue and Discussion: The Playbook for Law Enforcement and Citizen Relations – February 3, 2015

Event details

  • Tuesday | February 3, 2015
  • 6:00 pm
  • The Player's Club, 16 Gramercy Park S, New York, NY 10003

To view our video of the panel, click here.

Law Enforcement




Arthur T. Matthews is the Chief Operating Officer and principal partner of Matthews & Matthews Consulting aka diversityofficers.com which is a boutique firm specializing in divergent aspects of labor, human capital management and the workforce. His clients are primarily government entities, corporations, non for profit organizations and labor unions.

He currently serves on the faculty at NYU, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the University of Arkansas. He teaches workshop, seminar, certificate, boot camp, undergraduate, MPA and MBA courses in areas such as bullying, domestic violence, negotiations, mediation, arbitration, labor relations, labor-management cooperation, human resources, organizational change, diversity & inclusion, leadership, public speaking, executive coaching and ethics.

Some of his clients have included or include but are not limited to the Communications Union of America, the Metropolitan Police Conference, JP Morgan Chase, Prudential Securities the EEOC, the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, the Defense Logistics Agency and the Federal Executive Board.

After earning his Juris Doctorate degree he was appointed a ADA where some of his proudest moments was serving as a member of the Second Chance Program where he and members of the clergy had youthful offenders appear before them and if they demonstrated remorse for their crimes, they were assigned community service and after 6 months were given a ACD (Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal)

In his early 30’s he was featured on a CNN Special as a positive role model and he was a Congressional and Assembly aide. In his early 20’s he was elected by his peers as the President of the Student Bar Association at Howard Law. In was in this capacity that he led hundreds of law students in the march that helped enact MLK Day as a national holiday and co-hosted one of the last public appearances of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He obtained his undergraduate degree with honors where he earned a Martin Luther King academic scholarship and a NCAA football scholarship. He is married to his soul mate and business partner Evelyne and they have two sons, Jaleel & Joseph and a grandson Jaylen. He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.


Mr. Humphrey currently is the Director of Security, Workplace Safety, and Emergency Management for US Medical Innovations in Takoma Park, Maryland where he is responsible for the protection of employees, physical security, intellectual property, inventory, operations and facilities from unauthorized disclosure, theft, assault, vandalism, or financial loss. He was an accomplished professional with over 30 years of experience in Federal law enforcement until he retired in 2013.  Mr. Humphrey previously served as a Supervisory Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), where he conducted complex investigations of street gangs and armed career criminals for violations of the Federal firearms, arson, and explosives laws in Philadelphia, PA, Trenton, NJ, and Nashville, TN. He is a Distinguished Firearms Expert, Certified Explosives Specialist, and arson investigator.

Mr. Humphrey was the of the Chief of the ATF Force Review Branch where he investigated use of force incidents involving physical force greater than minor restraint or serious bodily injury and responded to shooting incidents involving special agents. He was a member of the Shooting Incident Response Team where he planned, led, and participated in shooting reviews. He interfaced with all levels of ATF management, the Department of Justice, and other jurisdictions and law enforcement investigators. He participated in interviews of the involved shooter and witnesses and prepared detailed reports and presented findings to the Shooting Incident Review Board. Mr. Humphrey conducted reviews of use of force incidents involving intermediate weapons, TASERs, expandable batons and kinetic energy projectiles.

Mr. Humphrey also is a former member of the United States Secret Service. He provided protection for President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H.W. Bush and their immediate families, the White House Complex, the Vice President’s residence, and foreign diplomatic embassies in the Washington, DC area. In this capacity he conducted security advances, threat assessments, and monitored security check points.


Evelyne R. Matthews BA, CMH is the CEO of Matthews & Matthews Consulting aka diversityofficers.com which is a human resources and labor workforce company. Her areas of teaching, training and consulting expertise is divergent and include but not limited to Diversity & Inclusion, Human Capital Management, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Bullying, Mediation, Workforce Development, Workplace Violence, Managing Stress, Work/Life Balance, Sexual Harassment, Leadership, Team Building, Succession Planning, Knowledge Transfer, Communication Skills, Mentoring, Executive and Life Coaching.

She has over thirty (30) years’ experience in the private and public sectors which includes work in the insurance, law enforcement, telecommunications and information technology industries. She is also a Motivational Speaker to various organizations throughout the United States and whether it is one individual or hundreds she believes in the fundamental necessity of embracing the human condition. She is a Certified Master Hypnotist, Quantum Touch Certified, a Reiki Master, a Spiritualist and a Priestess.

For 12 years she served as a police officer where her shift changed each week starting with the 8-4, 4-12 and 12am to 8am shift. One of the highlights of her career as a police officer was being selected to be a DARE officer which is the Drug Awareness Resistance Education program. This nationally heralded program which is now global, enables students to interact with police officers in a controlled, safe, classroom environment where students and parents are taught about conflict resolution, bullying, and communication skills. The program helps students and officers meet and understand each other in a friendly manner, instead of having to meet when a student commits a crime, or when officers must intervene in domestic disputes and severe family problems.

She has served either as a mediator or arbitrator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S Postal Service Redress Program and the New York Stock Exchange. She is currently an occasional lecturer at Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and NYU. Lastly she serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Arkansas, Sam M. Walton College of Business.

Some of the clients that she has provided and continues to provide benchmarked training and consulting to Defense Logistics Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), DC 37 AFSCME, Colgate Palmolive, Con Edison, Prudential Securities, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Evelyne, a part time actress enjoys utilizing dramatic and theatrical expression as part of her training and teaching. A few years ago she was a featured actor in an independent film that won Best Drama at the New York/Los Angeles International/Independent Film Festival. She is married to her soul mate and business partner Arthur and they have a son and a grandson.


Onida Coward Mayers is an award-winning Communications Executive and the Director for New York City’s Voter Assistance at the Campaign Finance Board (CFB). For the past 10 years, Ms. Coward Mayers has directed strategic voter outreach, policy and vision planning for one of the largest voting populations in the United States.   She has worked with a broad range of stakeholders including policy advisors, legislatures, corporations, academic institutions and civic organizations to ensure that everyone has equal access to a non-partisan fair and friendly voter experience. In her capacity at the CFB, Ms. Coward Mayers led the launch of the nonpartisan NYC Votes Program aimed at increasing voter awareness, education and participation.  Ms. Coward Mayers was able to achieve these goals by designing and using unique organizing tools, technology and mobile platforms and was the first to launch PSA’s and surveys in NYC taxis.  She is also charged with managing the Inter-agency charter mandated voter awareness local law program responsible for 16 city agencies.

In 2013, Ms. Coward Mayers led New York City to place second in the United States, for highest number of people registered in a single day, during the National Voter Registration Day efforts.

Prior to joining the CFB, Ms. Coward Mayers served as the agency head for the NYC Voter Assistance Commission where she launched the City’s first ever Video Voter Guide television program and website for voters and candidates; the Youth Poet Laureate program, a voting-themed teen competition designed to energize youth voters through spoken word poetry; and the Voter Awareness Month, a city-wide campaign to promote voter education, registration, awareness and participation.

Ms. Coward Mayers was the Founding Director of Brooklyn Community Access Television (BCAT), responsible for the design, construction, launch and daily management of the 10,000 square foot multi-media, multi-million dollar television station along with its four channels and community training programs.

A sought after national speaker Ms. Coward Mayers is an Adjunct Professor teaching Public Speaking and Oral Communications for both CUNY and SUNY. She serves as the Vice President and Civic Engagement Chairperson for the NAACP’s Brooklyn branch and has won national awards for implementation of new and innovative civic engagement approaches.  Ms. Coward Mayers currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for WNET, sits on various other nonprofit and civic boards, is a long time member of the Brooklyn Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and has been awarded many honors and citations for her community and professional involvement.


Richard D. Emery, Esq. is a founding partner of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP.  His practice focuses on commercial litigation, civil rights, election law and litigation challenging governmental actions.  Mr. Emery enjoys a national reputation as a litigator, trying and handling cases at all levels, from the U.S. Supreme Court to federal and state appellate and trial courts in New York, Washington, D.C., California, Washington state, and others.  While a partner at Lankenau Kovner & Bickford, he successfully challenged the structure of the New York City Board of Estimate under the one-person, one-vote doctrine, resulting in the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous invalidation of the Board on constitutional grounds.  Before then, he was a staff attorney at the New York Civil Liberties Union and director of the Institutional Legal Services Project in Washington State, which represented persons held in juvenile, prison, and mental health facilities.  He was also a law clerk for the Honorable Gus J. Solomon of the U.S. District Court for the district of Washington.  He has taught as an adjunct at the New York University and University of Washington schools of law.  Mr. Emery was a member of Governor Cuomo’s Commission on Integrity in Government, sat on Governor Eliot Spitzer’s Transition Committee for Government Reform Issues and was appointed to the New York State Commissions on Judicial Conduct and Public Integrity.  He is a founding member of the City Club, which addresses New York City preservation issues and is the founder and president of the West End Preservation Society, which has achieved the landmarked West End-Riverside Historic District.

His honors include Landmark West’s 2013 Unsung Heroes Award for his preservation work; the 2008 Children’s Rights Champion Award for his civil rights work and support of children’s rights; the Common Cause/NY, October 2000, “I Love an Ethical New York” Award for recognition of successful challenges to New York’s unconstitutionally burdensome ballot access laws and overall work to promote a more open democracy. Moreover he has received other distinguished awards such as the Courageous Effort in Promotion of Integrity in the Criminal Justice System from the Criminal Justice Section of the New York State Bar Association. In a few famous cases he successfully represented a class of approximately 100,000 pretrial detainees who were illegally strip searched in McBean, et al. v. The City of New York, et al. and in Tyson v. City of New York he represented a class of more than 60,000 misdemeanor detainees in a successful challenge to New York City’s strip search policy.


Cecil Martinez first became actively involved in union affairs in May of 1992 when he was appointed Alternate Delegate from the Intelligence Division. He was elected DEA Delegate from Intel in 1995 and immediately took advantage of the union’s offer to further his formal education by attending Cornell University’s New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He graduated as class valedictorian from their certificate program in June of 2000, shortly after being elected DEA Welfare Officer representing Headquarters.

“I feel that educating the membership is the most important part ofunion work,” he says, “and it starts with the union officials.” In February of2002, Martinez attended Harvard University’s Trade Union Program. He was also selected by the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) to train in their federal Mediators Program.

Martinez is the first Latino to be a fully released officer of the DEA – that is, released from his detective duties to work full time on labor relations. The distinction resulted in his being asked to be Grand Marshall Union Official for the 2002 Brevard County, Florida Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade.

With both parents hailing from Puerto Rico, Martinez was born and raised in the Melrose section of the Bronx. Although he grew up around the block from a firehouse, he always wanted to be a police officer.

“From the time I was eight or nine years old, I had made my mind up as to what I wanted to do,” he says. “My uncle Raymond Rodriguez was the first transit canine police officer. He retired in 1985, but I’ll never forget his big, imposing German Shepherd, Caesar, who used to terrify my little sheep dog Blackie. Uncle Raymond would come to our house in uniform and he cut a very impressive figure.

“I was also influenced by another friend of the family who was a cop in the 4-0, and as soon as I became o f age, I took the police exam.”

He joined the force in 1983 and was assigned to NSU (Neighborhood Stabilization Unit) 9 in the Bronx. After six months, he requested transfer to the 44 Precinct so that he could patrol the same neighborhood where he grew up.

“I felt that I knew the neighborhood like the back of my hand, and even though it was one of the most dangerous precincts in the City, I felt safe there. My first grade teacher, Mrs. Rosenbloom, paraded me around my old elementary school in uniform to show me off. I felt very connected to the area.” Martinez remained in the 44 until early 1987 when he moved to OCCB, the Organized Crime Control Bureau, where he was an undercover in the Narcotics Division for nine months.

He moved to the Public Morals Division (now called the Vice Squad), which he says was “the most fun” he ever had on the job. On various stings, he got the opportunity to portray all types of roles, from a degenerate gambler to a “wanna-be” wise guy, from a john to a waiter. He was even featured on a training film placing call girls under arrest.

In January of 1990, he was awarded his gold detective’s shield, and in 1991 he moved to the Intelligence Division, his current command, where he worked in various units, such as protective research and executive protection.

But working full-time for the union is what Martinez refers to as “the pinnacle.”

“I love getting up in the morning and coming to the DEA office. Whether it’s handling hearings, serving on the Steering Committee of the World Trade Center Mt. Sinai Screening and Treatment Program, or serving on the DEA’s Political Action or Public Relations Committees, this really is the ideal job.” Martinez also acts as the Chairman of the DEA’s Strategic Planning Committee and Chair of the DEA’s Canteen. “I feel the DEA is one of the strongest labor organizations in New York City and I hope the members realize that the union has been built for them.”

In 2004, Martinez was elected to the Executive Board as the union’s Sergeant at Arms.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be the first DEA Executive Board member named Hispanic Society Man of the Year, and I accept this award with pride, gratitude, and a full heart,” he says. “My deepest appreciation goes to all those who are celebrating this special occasion with me this evening. I hope to continue to represent and assist not only the ‘Greatest Detectives in the World, but also the Hispanic Society and all the other fraternal organizations in any way that I can. I am proud to be a Detective, proud to be a Latino, and proud to have what I consider the greatest job in the world.”