Police from across the country will gather in Phoenix for leadership panel

Police from around the Valley of the Sun participate in 2nd Annual Bridge Forum. (File photo)

Police from around the Valley of the Sun participate in 2nd Annual Bridge Forum. (File photo)

Police chiefs nationwide will gather to review solutions and best practices for community engagement at the second annual Bridge Forum, hosted by the Checkered Flag Run Foundation and the Arizona Black Chamber of Commerce at 9 a.m., Thursday, June 2 in downtown Phoenix.

“We are enthusiastic about the second year of The Bridge Forum after a critically acclaimed first year with the terrific leadership that literally comes to the table.” said Alan “AP” Powell, Checkered Flag Run Foundation founder, in a prepared statement.

The forum, an invitation-only event, was created in the wake of reactions and perceptions of officer-involved shootings, and explores topics with law enforcement leaders, discussions on conscious and unconscious biases, the dynamics of community engagement, perception and behavioral shifts, according to a press release.

Civil rights leader, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., National Newspaper Publishers Association president and CEO will moderate.

The forum begins with a large panel presentation, followed by breakout sessions with an audience of members from Phoenix law enforcement, legal professions, faith, government, education, business leaders and community members.

After the morning panel presentation, smaller breakout sessions will be led by police chiefs to discuss topics on community relations, community engagement, media relations, multicultural awareness, crisis management and conflict management. Guests participate in a pre- and post-event survey to capture data to develop best practices through enhanced awareness, education and training.

“Recent events remind us all that there is room for awareness and education in the community and among law enforcement to build the mutual trust all deserve to retain a system that excels,” said Michael E. Johnson, former Phoenix vice mayor and retired 25-year Phoenix Police Department detective. He is a board member of the Checkered Flag Run Foundation.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton; Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery; Carlyle Holder, president of National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice; Lamont Robinson, vice president of Supplier Diversity, Nielsen; Byron T. Jones, chief financial officer, University of Phoenix; Cloves C. Campbell Jr., chairman emeritus of the NNPA and director of the Arizona Commission on African-American Affairs; and panelist Gregory A. Thomas, president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives will also attend.

Go to TheBridgeForum.com.


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