Goodwill top of mind for CMPD community engagement team

Community outreach day Saturday

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is hosting a community outreach day on Saturday on the campus of Northside Baptist Church at 10 a.m.

“We’re having a community event where we hope to reach most of the people we can within the Hispanic community,” said José Campos, Latino outreach officer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. “Everyone is welcome, but we’re trying to reach Hispanics specifically.”

There will be a basketball and gaming tournament, carnival of resources including and free food and clothing distribution.

Interacting with the community sometimes presents special challenges to law enforcement officials. It can be especially difficult in the current state of America.

“CMPD has always had a policy of being fair and just towards everyone and I think the Hispanic community doesn’t feel all that comfortable with the police or they fear us,” Campos said. “Our idea is to try and approach them so they can see that we are here to help them.”

According to CMPD’s website, the Latin Community Outreach program promotes cooperation between the Latin community residents of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and CMPD by identifying problems, creating strategies and implementing solutions to benefit a community whose barriers include language and cultural understanding.

“What we want is for people to trust us, not to fear us, and this goes for any community, not just a specific community,” Campos said “All we want is their trust and for them to know that we are here for them.”

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