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How Can We Improve Community and Police Relations?

Change Starts With YOU!

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    Frank

    Frank, a performance poet, Technical Engineer for the Army National Guard and graduate of the University of Akron and Kent State University, believes “changes starts with me defying the odds.” What does ‘Change Starts Here’ mean to you? #changestartshereohio

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    Ronnie

    Dr. Ronnie Dunn, an associate professor in urban studies at Cleveland State University and member of the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board believes “changes starts with mutual respect and trust.” What does ‘Change Starts Here’ mean to you? #changestartshereohio

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    Cliff

    Cliff Hite, Ohio Senator and Ex Officio member of the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board, believes change starts by “realizing we are all on the same team.” What does ‘Change Starts Here’ mean to you? #changestartshereohio

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    Terrence

    Terrence “CityNews” Sigers, a community spokesperson and Columbus radio personality believes “change starts with being the voice for the misunderstood.” What does ‘Change Starts Here’ mean to you? #changestartshereohio

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    Sgt. Armstead

    Sgt. Armstead, of the Akron Police Department and member of the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board, believes change starts with “respect for one another.” What does ‘Change Starts Here’ mean to you? #changestartshereohio

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    Michael

    Michael, an elder at the New Covenant Believers Church, believes “change starts by opening your mind and adjusting your perspective.” What does ‘Change Starts Here’ mean to you? #changestartshereohio

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    Chenelle

    Dr. Chenelle Jones, an Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Ohio Dominican University, believes “change starts with educating my students to work better with police officers. ” What does ‘Change Starts Here’ mean to you? #changestartshereohio

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    Khari

    Khari Enaharo, an author, radio talk show host and community leader, believes “change starts with a new code of conduct and standards for community and police. ” What does ‘Change Starts Here’ mean to you? #changestartshereohio

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    Latisha

    Latisha Chastang, a mother and Director of Planning and Research at IMPACT Community Action, believes “change starts with me educating my children. ” What does ‘Change Starts Here’ mean to you? #changestartshereohio

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    Cam

    Cam Harris, a community advocate and proponent of civic engagement, believes “change starts with knowing you CAN make change ” What does ‘Change Starts Here’ mean to you? #changestartshereohio

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    Allison

    Sgt. Allison Schlie of the Blue Ash Police Department believes “changes starts with honesty, integrity, and compassion.” What does ‘Change Starts Here’ mean to you? #changestartshereohio

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    Bryan

    Bryan Robinson, a pastor at Ohio Greater Harvest Church in Columbus, Ohio, encourages us to “take a moment and imagine a world – a community - with no police. What would it look like? Is it somewhere that you wanna live – that you wanna raise your children? I don’t believe so.” What does ‘Change Starts Here’ mean to you? #changestartshereohio

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    Jackie

    Officer Jackie Cote, Columbus Division of Police, believes “change starts with recognizing that our perceptions are not always reality.” What does ‘Change Starts Here’ mean to you? #changestartshereohio

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    Keisha

    Keisha, an artist and community advocate, believes “change starts with healing.” What does ‘Change Starts Here’ mean to you? #changestartshereohio

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    Sgt. Nicholson

    Sgt. Nicholson, a 19-year veteran of the Columbus Division of Police, believes ‘change starts with understanding your community's problems and coming together as a team to find a solution.” What does ‘Change Starts Here’ mean to you? #changestartshereohio

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    John

    ODPS Director and Co-Chair of the OCCPAB, John Born explains that ‘this is the largest, most important investment - that I believe Ohio has made and can make - in making sure that there is no separation between law enforcement and the communities they serve.” What does ‘Change Starts Here’ mean to you? #changestartshereohio
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    Ariel

    Ariel Peguero, a student from the Columbus College of Art and Design, believes “change starts with accepting all the cultures in your community.” What does ‘Change Starts Here’ mean to you? #changestartshereohio

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    Autumm

    Autumm Caines, an educator and researcher in the field of academic technology at Capital University, believes “We need to do a better job of talking to one another – and besides talking – we also need to do a better job of listening.” What does ‘Change Starts Here’ mean to you? #changestartshereohio

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    Nina

    Nina Turner, former State Senator and Co-Chair of the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board

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The Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board and the Office of Criminal Justice Services launched the Change Starts Here Campaign as a part of Ohio’s intensive agenda to improve community-police relations. Warhol & WALL ST, a Columbus-based lifestyle marketing and creative development company created the multi-pronged outreach and education campaign geared to raise awareness about community-police relations in Ohio.

As part of the overall scope of responsibility for the Ohio Collaborative, the public awareness campaign will:

  • Educate law enforcement on how to better interact with the community they serve by focusing on appropriate and effective programming especially those programs that promote positive educational interactions between law enforcement and youth in the community;
  • Educate the general public on strategies to improve community-police relations including how to appropriately interact with law enforcement and how law enforcement should appropriately interact with the public; and
  • Educate the community about the duties of law enforcement and the nature of their responsibilities in order to raise citizen’s awareness and understanding of law enforcement’s obligation to protect and strengthen the vital partnership between the community and law enforcement.

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