How will we Bridge the Difference?

Charlotte is a city of over 850,000 diverse residents with varying viewpoints. Bridge the Difference aims to bring our community together for conversations about policing, public safety and community impact. These community conversations are taking place all across Charlotte, and your perspective is critical to bridging gaps and creating mutual understanding.

Goals

1

Involve

Involve the whole community with all perspectives to engage and understand wants/actions.
2

Understand

Increase understanding and trust through a series of conversations about police and community relations and public safety.
3

Mitigate

Mitigate potential challenges/issues in advance of the RNC and other major events with effective community outreach and interaction.

Successful Events 2018-2919

Bridge the Difference and get involved by volunteering (sign-up form below), sponsoring or creating an event. Email BridgetheDifference@CMPD.org for more information. 

Desired Outcomes

Shift

See a shift in accountability/support spectrum results from before/after meetings to demonstrate progress in thinking, conversation and understanding

Challenge

Challenge attendees to have ongoing conversations and engagement about these important issues

Solicit

Solicit volunteers for large city events – target the need for city ambassadors

Encourage

Encourage questions beyond this event.

Create

Create a movement with #BridgeCLT, and shift attention to conversation, not confrontation

Resources

Take the implicit bias test

Take the Test

Book – “The Person You Mean to Be”

Buy the Book

Book – “Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope in the Future”

Buy the Book

Volunteer and Become an Ambassador

Pledge your commitment to become a CMPD Volunteer Ambassador!

We are looking for people who want to:

  • Be a part of impactful conversations
  • Share information with others
  • Welcome visitors into our community
  • Assist local law enforcement to keep our city safe by providing additional eyes and ears in the community

TRAINING

Training is broken into TWO PHASES:

PHASE I  

  • Charlotte’s Revolutionary History / First in Freedom, The Hornet’s Nest
  • Local Government 101
  • CMPD’s Role & Responsibility
  • Cultural Competency – The Human Factor I & II

PHASE II

  • Communication 101 & Media Training
  • Conflict Resolution, De-escalation Techniques & Mediation
  • Encountering Outside Activist Groups – CMPD SWAT Negotiator
  • Pairing Practice / Role Playing

Training will be at the CMPD Training Academy located at 1770 Shopton Road or other locations as designated throughout the year as we look to on-board 1,500 Ambassadors!

Starting in Jan. 2020! If you have a group of 50+ desiring to receive this training, it is possible to arrange for a team of trainers to come to your location. Please send your request to:  bridgethedifference@cmpd.org  

Be a part of a community movement, rebuilding trust, restoring relationships and serving one another for the wellbeing of our city.

Register for Ambassador Training