The Tampa Bay Center for Community Transformation

Transform Tampa Bay

"Most of the time, people who see things differently don’t take the time to talk to each other, much less work together.  To make matters worse, problems between police and citizens often get talked about only after a crisis.  Then people are very upset and it’s even harder to address the problems.”

Community/Police Relations

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Community Conversations for Change – Community Conversations for Change is a model for community engagement that seeks to help community stakeholders work together to arrive at just solutions to community concerns. Using the “Study Circles” model developed by Everyday Democracy, the Center for Church and Community will train community members to facilitate Conversations for Change on the topic of community/police relations with the goal of arriving at achievable, mutually agreed upon next steps and solutions for community concerns.

How It Works - people from all over the community meet in small groups over the same period of time. Each group of about 12 -14 individuals is made up of a diverse group of stakeholders including, youth, law enforcement, community organizations, community leaders, faith leaders, and other interested citizens. The groups will meet separately for five sessions:

In Session 1, participants will …

  • Get to know each other.
  • Agree on how the study circle will run.
  • Learn how each person’s history has shaped how he or she thinks about police community relationships.

In session 2, participants will ...

  • Look at what is happening between the police and community.
  • Tell people what you think is going on.
  • Listen to what others think is going on.

In session 3, participants will …

  • Find out what the police and community expect from each other.

In session 4, participants will …

  • Look at different ways to improve working relationships between police and community.
  • Explore how to make progress on these issues.

In session 5 participants will …

  • Look at action ideas in the guide.
  • Come up with key action steps for change.

Community Conversations for Change