Phoenix, AZ (BlackNews.com) â€“ On September 10, police chiefs from seven cities across the U.S. will convene in Phoenix to discuss developing a new model for community engagement and police professionalism. The discussion will take place as part of The Bridge Summit: Connecting Community Engagement with Police Professionalism.The event takes place on the heels of community demonstrations in several cities sparked by officer-involved shootings.
Participating police chiefs include:
* Chief Joseph Yahner – Phoenix, Arizona
* Chief Calvin D. Williams – Cleveland, Ohio
* Chief Robert C. White – Denver, Colorado
* Deputy Chief Cerelyn CJ Davis Atlanta, Georgia
* Deputy Chief Danielle Outlaw Oakland, California
* Assistant Chief Perry Tarrant, Seattle, Washington
Lonnie Lawrence, a retired Miami-Dade Police major and former director of the Miami-Dade Corrections Department will also serve as a panelist. Major General (Ret.) James “Spider Marks, executive dean for the College of Security and Criminal Justice at the University of Phoenix and CNN military analyst, will serve as the events host.
During the summit, the panel of law enforcement officials and experts will explore and develop best practices that address conscious and unconscious biases contributing to the dynamics of community engagement and perception of police officers in the community. The goal is that these practices will form the foundation for increased understanding and improved relations.
Over 150 local Public Officials and Community Leaders representing every possible constituent will participate in the Summit and explore opportunities to engage their communities with law enforcement leaders. The community leaders will participate in developing best practices for communications, protocol, community engagement and police professionalism.
The University of Phoenix will assist with research and compiling the data generated from the forum, and will provide insight on possible training and education opportunities supporting the events outcomes.
The summit is an invitation-only event and is presented by the Black Chamber of Arizona CEO & President, Kerwin V. Brown and Checkered Flag Run Foundation Founder, Alan AP Powell, whose mission is investing in education to ensure every student gets to cross the finish line.
About Checkered Flag Run Foundation
The Checkered Flag Run Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization whose mission is to provide diverse educational programs that impact under-served students. The Foundation strives to deliver programs like the Bridge Summit out of its desire to teach, educate and innovate with investments in human talent and have a direct bearing on future economic prosperity and quality of life.