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.




Involve the community inclusive of all perspectives to engage and understand wants/actions.


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


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

Upcoming Events

Bridging Community through People of Faith — CALLING ALL PASTORS AND MINISTRY LEADERS IN CLT!

When: Thursday, July 18, 6-8 p.m.

Location: Johnson & Wales University – Hance Auditorium — 801 W. Trade St.

The Bridge the Difference community engagement series is featuring an event for faith leaders to:

  • Hear a strong call-to-action by CMPD Chief Kerr Putney.
  • Learn about an awesome community event from June that bridged faith leaders, members from diverse backgrounds and the community to improve relationships and provide resources to a neighborhood in need.
  • Brainstorm ways you can carry out this mission through your own places of worship.


  • Attendees will be able to park in Parking Lot A for FREE — located at 235 South Cedar St., Charlotte, NC 28202
  • If that lot gets full, attendees will need to consider surrounding individual lots

Violent Crime and Accountability — A Community Conversation

When: Thursday, Aug. 1, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Queens University – 2229 Tyvola Rd.

The Bridge the Difference community engagement series is addressing violent crime in Charlotte.

  • Hear from a panel of leaders in our criminal justice system including CMPD Chief Kerr Putney and District Attorney Spencer Merriweather.
  • Learn about how our criminal justice system currently operates including roles and responsibilities.
  • Brainstorm ways the community can play a part in impacting and reducing violent crime.


  • Plenty of free parking at this venue!

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

Desired Outcomes


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


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


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


Encourage questions beyond this event.


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


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

Please pledge your commitment to be a Charlotte Ambassador (community volunteer).

We are looking for people who want to:

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



Sessions are broken out into THREE PHASES:

  • PHASE I – Kickoff, GOV 101, Communication 101 and Conflict Resolution
  • PHASE II – Mediation, De-escalation Techniques and Cultural Competence: The Human Factor (Part I)
  • PHASE III – CLT History, Cultural Competence: The Human Factor (Part II) and Encountering Outside Groups

Trainings will be conducted at the CMPD Training Academy located at 1770 Shopton Road or other locations as designated throughout the year as we look to on-board 2,000 Ambassadors!

Help us bridge the difference, and become an ambassador in the Charlotte community.

Volunteer Training Schedule

CMPD Training Academy – Phase I

Date: March 15
Time: 1-5 p.m.
Location: 1770 Shopton Road

Date: March 16
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: 1770 Shopton Road

Date: March 23
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: 1770 Shopton Road

CMPD Training Academy – Phase II

Date: June 14
Time: 1-5 p.m.
Location: 1770 Shopton Road

Date: June 15
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: 1770 Shopton Road

CMPD Training Academy – Phase III

Date: Sept. 20
Time: 1-5 p.m.
Location: 1770 Shopton Road

Date: Sept. 21
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: 1770 Shopton Road