Bridges to BLUE Citizen Advisory Council
The Bridges to BLUE (Build.Listen.Unite.Engage.) Citizen Advisory Council was established in September 2020 to assist department leadership by providing outside insight into MSP policies and practices affecting the public and to help in generating new ideas and solutions for improved community engagement.
“We are at a critical impasse related to community and police relations. We all have a responsibility to bring forth solutions and support law enforcement and the community at-large.”
“I believe one of the most effective ways to strengthen and improve organizations, community and society is the willingness to engage in open dialogue and cultivate relationships with all stakeholders. I look forward to partnering with the MSP on the advisory council around this dialogue to help better represent the citizens they protect and serve.”
"Serving with this advisory group will provide the opportunity to share my perspective as a community member of color, which will be key as the MSP looks to improve community relations and engagement."
“The restoration of community trust in law enforcement is fundamental to fighting crime and increasing public safety. I believe the MSP citizen advisory council will serve as a catalyst to that bridge building effort.”
“I’m excited about the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on a great organization as it continues to grow and evolve to best serve the citizens of Michigan.”
"I truly appreciate Colonel Gasper for having the foresight and the sensitivity to see the importance of diversity and community involvement."
"Every corner of Michigan has its own unique character and sense of place. I look forward to sharing stories from the individuals and families in rural Northern Michigan with the MSP, and conversely, to connecting the vision and resources of the MSP back to the more quiet corners of our great state. I am honored and eager to assist the MSP in helping every Michigander to feel safe and connected to the place that they choose to call home."
“I am pleased to have received an invitation to serve on the MSP Advisory Council, and I look forward to sharing personal experiences, community concerns, and to bridge cultural gaps that would better serve our community. ”
“I view participation on this council as an opportunity to help develop an environment of understanding, growth and mutual respect between the community and the MSP.”
“I think it's important to serve as an advisor and to assist the MSP because at the end of the day we all want to be treated with dignity, respect and fairly, and if my service can help better ensure that happening, then it is time well spent.”