Police Department inviting community to join trust building initiative

Published on June 07, 2018

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) is inviting community members to participate in a trust building initiative. The first session of “Speed of Trust” is set for Wednesday, June 27, and participants have two options: 8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 5 p.m. Each one will take place at Grand Rapids Community College.
 
GRPD has contracted with Franklin Covey, one of the world’s leading companies known for its expertise in helping people from all cultures communicate more effectively and build a culture of trust, to help it implement this community trust program. The intent is to cultivate trust through learning how to better communicate and problem solving and for the community to have an equal voice and role in that process.
 
Each session is highly interactive and includes a 1:1 ratio of police officers and community members where attention is directed toward objectives instead of suspicion about others’ intentions. GRPD already has hosted a train the trainer certification course with an equal number of officers and citizens with the goal of implementing the program with a unified voice.
 
“We strive to deliver progressive, professional and responsive service to our community,” Chief David Rahinsky said. “Our mission statement states we will listen to the community’s wants and needs and not restrict our thinking to traditional paradigms. The concerns of our community will help to shape the priorities of our agency.
 
“There is a national and local dialogue around trust between the community and law enforcement. Just like in all of our personal relationships, communication, respect and commitment are the keys to growing a healthy community partnership.”
 
If you are interested in participating in the initiative, email TrustGRPD@grcity.us with your name, email address and session option. If you want to participate but are not available for the first session, please note your interest. The GRPD will let you know when additional sessions are scheduled.