The Fort Worth Police Department on Tuesday hosted its first Citizen Peer, Community Conversations, Reception. It was held at held at the Fire and Police Training Center on Calvert Street.
The department’s Multicultural Committee to working to build "a foundation of excellent service through ethical behavior based on mutual respect, education, and understanding of those in our multicultural communities," according to a news release.
Police officials also want to enhance the department’s current cultural diversity training.
According to the release, "The vision is to incorporate more education and understanding of each culture’s art, history, food, family, etc. along with visits to places that are important to those within the community like churches, mosques, synagogues, schools, community centers, and cultural events. Another valuable benefit is the incorporation of ‘police culture’ into the training that will strengthen the public’s trust and knowledge on areas related to officer and public safety."
To that end, the department has been working with Dr. Cheryl Kimberling, adjunct professor of sociology at Texas Christian University and the president of the Multicultural Alliance of Fort Worth, and Synthia Demons, acting regional director, Southwest Region, U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service.
"Together, we have made the commitment to ensure that our police officers maintain the highest ethical and professional standards for the citizens that we serve," the news release stated.
-- Bill Miller