Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York joins Jimmy Oliver, the new Community Engagement Director for the Syracuse Police Department, to discuss Syracuse Stage’s new production of Twilight: Los Angeles 1992.
Bishop Duncan-Probe will share her experience as a teacher in Los Angeles during the Rodney King trial and subsequent unrest, and will reflect with Oliver on local police-community relationships.
Jimmy Oliver is the Syracuse Police Department’s first director of community engagement, a civilian role responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing community engagement programming. Oliver helps the department build community trust and create avenues to listen and respond to neighborhood needs. He is focused on improving the department’s relationship with the Syracuse community, particularly with minority and underserved communities and advocacy groups. Oliver grew up in Syracuse and graduated from Henninger High School. He attended Cazenovia College and Le Moyne College.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe is the eleventh Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York, leading 85 Episcopal churches in the Syracuse, Utica, Watertown, Binghamton, Ithaca, Auburn, and Elmira areas. Ordained in 2003, she led churches in Massachusetts and Virginia prior to her election and consecration as bishop in 2016. Prior to entering the ministry, she began her professional life as an educator, and worked with at-risk young people in Los Angeles in the early 1990s during the unrest following the acquittal of police officers who assaulted Rodney King. As Bishop of Central New York, her ministry has emphasized a faithful response to social justice issues in and beyond Central New York, and she currently serves on the Round Table of Faith Leaders for InterFaith Works of Central New York.