CORAL SPRINGS, FL – To build trust in the community, Coral Springs police launched a new program on Thursday for residents and business owners to learn about the workings of the agency and have open conversations with officers and commanders.
The Community Ambassador Program comes as the department, like many law enforcement agencies across the nation, are looking for new ways to connect with communities and discuss the work police are doing in neighborhoods, examine use of force incidents, and go over other important topics.
“Trust is the bedrock of any relationship,” Chief Clyde Parry said in a news release. “It is important that the public and the police have tough conversations to better understand each other’s point of view. I welcome tough conversations and controversial topics. Having open and honest conversations is the first step to understanding. Understanding leads to transparency and trust. That is what we seek with this program.”
In the news release, the department said it “recognizes at times there is a misunderstanding or lack of knowledge about how the public perceives policing, and what the police actually do. Knowledge is power, continually improving is paramount to success, and in policing, transparency is key.”
The program will consist of up to 16 participants, who must be, according to the release:
• A resident or owner of a business operating in Coral Springs.
• Commit to serve as an ambassador for a two-year period. (High school students [at least one from every school that serves Coral Springs] may serve for one year.) (City commissioners may serve one year.)
• Attend the bi-monthly meetings held at the police department during evening hours (attend at the minimum four of six yearly meetings).
• Be willing to discuss all topics, regardless of controversy (no topic is off-limits).
• Able to research topics before meetings, and submit questions and talking points before each meeting.
• Share takeaways with the community as an ambassador.
If interested, learn more here: CAP Application
Questions can be directed to Executive Assistant Stephanie Rivero, SRivero@coralsprings.org, 954-346-1201
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