Forum: “What steps can be taken to strengthen public trust and confidence in the police in your community?” – Thursday, February 23rd at 6 PM, GCCARD Building

The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) is conducting a series of community forums and is conducting a community engagement survey to gather input from all Michigan residents on how to strengthen public trust, confidence and community relations between law enforcement and community members throughout Michigan.

You are invited to attend a forum planned for Thursday, February 23rd at 6:00 PM. The forum will be held at the Genesee County Community Action Resource Department building. Light refreshments will be provided. This email is coming from ReCAST as Dr. Johnson-Lawrence was contact by the Executive Director of MCOLES and was asked to assist with this forum.

The Executive Directive 2016-2 directs the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) to submit a report that addresses public trust in law enforcement across the state. MCOLES is a state commission whose members represent law enforcement, prosecution, defense, labor, and the public. The 19 commissioners set standards for the law enforcement profession in Michigan, including police selection, training, recruitment, and professional licensing. The report will offer a set of recommendations to advance the quality of police-community relationships, training, and recruiting across the state.

This forum is one way for MCOLES to hear from local residents. Each community has unique issues and your ideas are important. Responses provided in the forum will be organized and evaluated by Commission members and your input will be included in the formal recommendations to law enforcement in Michigan.

We ask that responses flow from this question: What steps can be taken to strengthen public trust and confidence in the police in your community?

Genesee County Community Action Resource Department
Conference Room
601 N Saginaw St # 1A, Flint, MI 48502,
Located on N. Saginaw and University, across the William S. White Building and across for The Durant . Parking is available.

6:00 to 8:00 PM
Thursday, February 23rd

If you cannot attend the forum but want to share your voice, please go to to take the survey. Spanish and Arabic copies of the survey are available at,4607,7-229-78818—,00.html.

MCOLES also has established a special e-mail box so citizens can freely share general ideas. All comments will be considered but MCOLES wants respondents to focus on police community relations in their area. To submit general comments, or submit documents for consideration residents should send an email to

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