LECET equips law enforcement with skills that encourage transparency and effective communication, inspiring positive community collaboration for safer communities. When residents see their local law enforcement engaging with the community, they feel safer and have more trust and understanding for their public safety professionals. LECET offers engaging seminars that cultivate the knowledge necessary to build community trust and police legitimacy.
Equip yourself with vital skills! The Law Enforcement Community Engagement Training seminar focuses on fostering positive community relations, effective communication, leadership development, and more. Enhance your agency standards and contribute to safer neighborhoods. Georgia-based students will receive 8 hours of GaPOST credit, including 4 hours towards the annual Community Policing requirements.
The 2024 training sessions are being organized and more information on registration will be available shortly. Custom training custom sessions can also be developed for agencies. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Community Engagement 101
The role of law enforcement extends beyond calls for service and criminal investigations, as officers also play an important role in community engagement. To further the outreach and engagement efforts of law enforcement organizations, they must properly understand the fundamentals of community engagement and utilize this knowledge to achieve the vision of community-based public safety.
Community Engagement 101 will teach students various concepts and approaches to police-community engagement, discussing the benefits, methods, and real-life examples of effective community engagement.
Creating a Culture of Community Engagement
To ensure community trust in their local law enforcement and to further police legitimacy, law enforcement organizations must adopt an agency-wide culture of community engagement. All staff, from sworn to non-sworn, line-level to executive, must comprehend the agency’s mission and consistently work in a unified effort to ingrain a culture of community engagement throughout the organization.
Creating a Culture of Community Engagement provides students with the knowledge and strategies of developing an organization-wide culture which promotes community engagement.
Planning and Coordinating Community Events
Many law enforcement agencies across the country plan a variety of community events throughout the year. Planning new community events is a great way to create opportunities to engage with untapped community groups and increase our outreach efforts, but must be done effectively to realize lasting impact.
Planning and Coordinating Community Events will equip students with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to effectively plan community events and confidently coordinate those plans.
Delivering Engaging Presentations
Law enforcement, from the ranks of officers and deputies to chiefs and sheriffs are often tasked with delivering presentations, often with little to no formal training on how to professionalize their communication skills as presenters.
Delivering Engaging Presentations is designed to teach law enforcement how to maintain an audience’s attention and provide impactful presentations, developing the student’s communication skills and further law enforcement professionalism.
Kevin Martinez | Partnerships & Outreach Coordinator (MFI)
Kevin Martinez is a retired Police Sergeant in the State of Georgia, having served 14 years in law enforcement. Prior to joining MFI, Kevin’s devotion to community engagement and criminal justice was established after becoming a police officer with the New York Department of Environmental Protection. His career in law enforcement progressed after moving to the State of Georgia where he received expert training as a CPTED practitioner, De-escalation and Use of Force Instructor, and Law Enforcement Leadership. Most recently, he rose through the ranks and served as a Sergeant with the City of Brookhaven Police Department, playing a vital role in the agency’s asset and finance management, leadership development, police training courses, and community outreach efforts. He encouraged his agency’s participation in the MFI OneCOP and Faith & Blue initiatives, developing new partnerships with his community’s faith-based leadership. He has received accolades from local community organizations and police executives for his advancement of police-community engagement projects and the development of law enforcement educational programs. Kevin seeks to continue his work in the furtherance of police legitimacy and enhance the quality of life for all communities by facilitating high quality and professional police services.
Jared Feuer | Chief Operating Officer (MFI)
Jared Feuer is the Chief Operating Officer for MFI where he leads the strategic development and rollout of organizational initiatives. In this capacity, Jared facilitated the launch of National Faith & Blue Weekend (Faith & Blue) and the Law Enforcement Community Engagement Network (LECEN). Jared’s background is in human rights, engaging marginalized voices, and building bridges with law enforcement. From this background, Jared has led the creation of multiple training and implementation resources, serving as content director for the writing of the Faith & Blue toolkit, the Collaborating to Connect guide with the National Sheriffs’ Association, and the Faith Based Partnerships Guide with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services of the Department of Justice. Jared is a frequent speaker to diverse audiences, including at conferences and trainings and to members of the media.
We look forward to continuing our engagement to build mutual understanding and respect between faith communities and all law enforcement with the goal of facilitating safer, stronger, unified and inclusive communities.
Lisa Wiley - Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office
Hartford, CT had one of the most successful events in our region. The Police/ Community partnership were the KEY to the success of the Day. From the planning to the implementation all elements came together to make our NFBW impactful. The book give-a-way, voter registration, the Horses, the food, the music, the church and all the interesting police vehicles and officers kept the 100 residents and families that came to visit engaged and encouraged and ready for more.
Kelvin Loveyjoy - Hartford Police department
The Phoenix Police Department held five virtual events for National Faith & Blue Weekend 2020 which took place October 9-12. Activities included staff from all seven patrol precincts and the Community Engagement Bureau, and featured members of the Police Chief’s Advisory Boards and the Faith and Justice Project Initiative that serves both south and west Phoenix. Each event was developed to increase awareness and understanding of various social and public safety matters, such as homelessness outreach, LGBTQIA organizations, and Sikh culture. Chief Williams and her executive staff were able to address participants during each session and reiterate the Department’s commitment to community engagement.
Nicki Hicks - Phoenix Police Department
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