Marginalisation is the enemy of security and health. Too often around the world, police have been agents of marginalisation. Inclusive policing works to overcome marginalisation, by according equal or greater attention and support to populations at increased risk because they are excluded and have unequal access to justice. LEPH2018 aspires to continue to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to overcome marginalisation. Better partnerships between police and public health will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals:


  • LEPH2018 will help promote healthy lives and well-being leading to peaceful and inclusive societies by an integrated approach of law enforcement and public health” (SDG 3)
  • LEPH2018 will help build police-public health partnerships that are effective, accountable and inclusive” (SDG 16)


The Sustainable Development Goals were one of the main outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference. They will build upon the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post 2015 development agenda. It was decided to establish an “inclusive and transparent intergovernmental process open to all stakeholders, with a view to developing global sustainable development goals to be agreed by the General Assembly”.


The Objectives of the LEPH Conference Series

Across the broadest range of public health issues, the Law Enforcement and Public Health Conferences held in 2102, 2014 and 2016 worked to:

  • Enhance local, national and international political and institutional leadership
  • Understand, develop and sustain partnerships
  • Translate research to policy to practice
  • Promote the critical role of education and training
  • Develop a multidisciplinary research agenda and methodology
  • Build and promote ongoing interactions between interested people through the GLEPH Association


Objectives for LEPH2018 Toronto

The LEPH2018 Convener and Partners believe that, in addressing complex health and security issues:

  • Law enforcement and health are intimately related and necessary partners
  • Organizations from both fields should work together closely to increase the health and safety of citizens
  • This is an important multidisciplinary domain which requires more exploration in empirical detail and in principle, and a greater focus on what the intersection means and necessitates, and how it can be improved and developed
  • Further learnings in this domain are best gained by combining research insights and professional practices. This requires the bringing together of researchers, practitioners and policymakers
  • International exchange of insights and practices is an important accelerator in the development of this important field
  • This field has a crucial contribution to make to the achievement of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.