By Rob McDaniel
On Saturday, July 28, 2018, the Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) hosted a workshop titled “Procedural Justice for Communities: A Dialogue to Change.” The goal of the workshop was to lay a foundation for increasing mutual trust, enhance the community’s perspective of police legitimacy and foster a cooperative attitude between law enforcement and our community.
Unlike a traditional community meeting, this workshop was designed to help local law enforcement interface with community members in a different way and to dispell the “us vs. them” perspective.
Those who participated were included in guided conversations to reduce barriers, provide direct lines of communication and encourage cooperative solutions.
Members in attendance represented businesses, social services, religious and elected representatives along with law enforcement. Additional conversations with members of the Apache Junction community are planned for the future.
The workshop was overwhelmingly supported by the agencies and businesses who had representatives attending.
The workshop was a cooperative effort with grant funding through the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Center for Public Safety and Justice.
For more information on future workshops, contact AJPD’s Community Resource Coordinator at 480- 474-5442 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo above: Attending the Apache Junction Police Department “Procedural Justice for Communities: A Dialogue to Change” workshop on July 28 were representatives from Apache Junction Unified School District, Apache Junction Unified School District Student Council, Community Alliance Against Family Abuse, Dolce Vita Luxury Homes, 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 and the Apache Junction Police Department.