Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, City Commissioners and Police Chief John Mina in partnership with the Valencia College Peace and Justice Institute, will join residents for the second Orlando Speaks workshop on October 13 at 6:15 p.m. at Edgewater High School.
Orlando Speaks is a series of interactive workshops that utilizes innovative communication strategies to foster ongoing citizen engagement and conversation between Orlando residents, the City and the Orlando Police Department to better serve and celebrate the community’s diversity.
Having these conversations are critical to moving the city forward, bringing the community closer together, strengthening the diversity of Orlando and ensuring that the city remains safe, inclusive and accepting of all.
At Mayor Dyer’s State of the City, he spoke about the importance of community policing and the critical role it has in reducing crime and creating trust between residents and the police. This second Orlando Speaks workshop will continue to focus on strengthening relationships between police officers and residents while enhancing the City’s community policing initiative.
The workshop will provide a forum for Orlando residents of different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds to engage with the City and Orlando police officers in meaningful dialogue to foster respect and inclusion of all people, raise awareness and increase understanding.
The goals of the workshop are to:
• Create a safe space for open, honest communication
• Increase awareness and understanding of policing practices
• Strengthen interpersonal relationships through the sharing of personal stories and experiences
• Develop trust and sensitivity to support interactions with one another
• Expand citizen engagement
Seating for this event is limited, therefore participants must register in advance. Registration is open until the workshop is full. Visit OrlandoSpeaks2015.eventbrite.com or call the City of Orlando’s Office of Community Affairs and Human Relations at 407.246.2500 to reserve your space.