By Sharon Aron Baron
The Coral Springs Police Department is looking for citizens to engage and serve as ambassadors for a new and innovative program known as the Community Ambassador Program — or CAP.
Over the last year, public distrust in law enforcement has focused on many communities around the country. To prevent that distrust from becoming prevalent in the Coral Springs community, the police department developed CAP.
According to the Coral Springs Police, they recognize at times, there is a misunderstanding or lack of knowledge about how the public perceives policing and what the police actually do. Their mission is to engage with ambassadors to build a stronger foundation, develop greater understanding, and improve transparency.
“Trust is the bedrock of any relationship. It is important that the public and the police have tough conversations to better understand each other’s point of view,” said Chief Clyde Parry who welcomes 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.”
The formation of CAP is to provide a means for citizen ambassadors to learn more about the police department, engage in timely and controversial topics, increase direct interactions with citizens, review good police work, and examine our use of force incidents.
CAP will be comprised of up to 16 participants who meet the following criteria:
• Must be a resident or owner of a business operating in the City of 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. A city commissioner may serve one year.
• Regularly attend the bi-monthly meetings held at the police department during evening hours. Attend at the minimum four of six yearly meetings.
• Engage and willing to discuss all topics, regardless of controversy (no topic is off-limits).
• Be willing to research topics before meetings and submit questions and talking points before each meeting.
• Share take-a-ways with the community as an ambassador.
If you are interested or know someone willing to serve as a Community Ambassador, please fill out the application. CAP Application. Questions or additional inquiries can be made to Executive Assistant Stephanie Rivero, SRivero@coralsprings.org, 954-346-1201
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