Apache Junction Police Department holds community workshop

Community forum participants were from businesses, social services, religious entities, law enforcement and elected positions. (Photo courtesy of Apache Junction Police Department)

The Apache Junction Police Department on Saturday, July 28, hosted a workshop “Procedural Justice for Communities: A Dialogue to Change.”

The workshop was a cooperative effort with grant funding through the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services and the Center for Public Safety and Justice.

The focus of the workshop was to facilitate local law enforcement coming together with community members in a different way than the traditional community meeting.

The goal of the workshop dialogue is to lay the foundation for increasing mutual trust, enhancing the community’s perspective of police legitimacy and fostering a cooperative attitude between law enforcement and the community rather than an “us vs. them” perspective.

Through this initial dialogue, additional future conversations will be developed for long-term change co-created with members of the Apache Junction community.

Members in attendance represented businesses, social services, religious and elected representatives as well as law enforcement.

Those participating were involved in guided conversations to reduce any barriers and provide direct lines of communication to work together to solve community issues. The workshop was overwhelmingly supported by those in attendance to continue on a regular basis.

The following agencies or businesses had representatives at the workshop:

  • Apache Junction Unified School District
  • Apache Junction Unified School District Student Council
  • Community Alliance Against Family Abuse
  • Dolce Vita
  • Fry’s Marketplace
  • Horizon Health and Wellness
  • Mountain View Lutheran Church
  • Native American Fatherhood
  • Roadhaven Resort
  • Superstition Mountain RV Resort
  • Walmart
  • Alianza de Lideres
  • Apache Junction City Council
  • U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services
  • Apache Junction Police Department

For more information, contact Apache Junction Police Department’s community resource coordinator at 480-474-5442 or cru@ajcity.net.

Editor’s note: Rob McDaniel is Apache Junction Police Department’s community resource coordinator.

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