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Community Engagement Division

May 2021

In collaboration with the Co-Chairs of the Advocate and Leaders for Police and Community Trust (ALPACT) communities, including Metro-Detroit, Greater Lansing, Central Michigan (Jackson), Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo County, Berrien County, Flint/Genesee County, Saginaw, Traverse City and Battle Creek, MDCR has formed an ALPACT cohort of more than 20 volunteer community and law enforcement/criminal justice professionals to participate in a special session of the 2021 Divided Community Project (DCP), sponsored and directed by the American Bar Association and administered through the Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law. Over the course of the three-day virtual program, our cohort will work with teams from a large community in North Carolina, a small suburban Washington, D.C. community and a mid-sized rust-belt community. Joining the cohort will be Anthony Lewis, Gwen Moffitt and Mariza Gamez-Garcia. Participants will work on unified and profession/community segment table top exercises to discuss, explore and develop best practices for addressing key issues and concerns that arise or could arise in their communities.

This special opportunity and invitation is based on the work the ALPACTs do, their experience and the ways in which they have built police and community trust over the years as we continue to collectively work to address the considerable challenges communities and individuals face across the country.

As this is a train-the-trainer event, it is our intent that post-academy, additional training opportunities will become available for key stakeholders and those interested in addressing these critical issues. For those interested, additional information about DCP can be found on the DCP website: