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Testimonials

Sheriff Miller

Medina County Sheriff Tom Miller, member of both the Ohio Task Force on Community Police Relations and Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board, believes change starts “when individuals collectively consent to work for the greater good.”

Sheriff Miller

Lori

Lori Barreras, Ohio Civil Rights Commission and member of the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board, believes change starts “with an open mind and courage.”

Lori Barreras

Ron

Ron O’Brian, Franklin County Prosecutor and member of the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board, believes “change starts with each other.”

Ron O'Brian

Chase

Tpr. Chase Watts with the Ohio State Highway Patrol created Books with Badges, which is a reading program for students, with the goal of building trust and positive relationships between students and emergency personnel. What is your community doing to affect change?

Chase Watts

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.”

Frank

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.”

Ronnie Dunn

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.”

Cliff Hite

Terrence

Terrence “CityNews” Sigers, a community spokesperson and Columbus radio personality believes “change starts with being the voice for the misunderstood.”

Terrence Sigers

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.”

Sgt. Armstead

Michael

Michael, an elder at the New Covenant Believers Church, believes “change starts by opening your mind and adjusting your perspective.”

Michael

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. ”

Chenelle Jones

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. ”

Khari Enaharo

Latisha

Latisha Chastang, a mother and Director of Planning and Research at IMPACT Community Action, believes “change starts with me educating my children. ”

Latisha Chastang

Cam

Cam Harris, a community advocate and proponent of civic engagement, believes “change starts with knowing you CAN make change ”

Cam Harris

Allison

Sgt. Allison Schlie of the Blue Ash Police Department believes “changes starts with honesty, integrity, and compassion.”

Allison Schlie

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.”

Bryan Robinson

Jackie

Officer Jackie Cote, Columbus Division of Police, believes “change starts with recognizing that our perceptions are not always reality.”

Jackie Cote

Keisha

Keisha, an artist and community advocate, believes “change starts with healing.”

Keisha

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.”

Sgt. Nicholson

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.”

John Born

Ariel

Ariel Peguero, a student from the Columbus College of Art and Design, believes “change starts with accepting all the cultures in your community.”

Ariel Peguero

Autumn

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.”

Autumn Caines

Nina

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

Nina Turner

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