Coral Springs Police Department Announces Community Ambassador Program
Coral Springs, FL – The Coral Springs Police Department is looking for engaged citizens to serve as ambassadors for the newly formed Community Ambassador Program (CAP).
Citizen distrust in law enforcement has increased nationwide over the last year. To prevent that distrust from becoming prevalent in the Coral Springs community, our police department worked to develop CAP. The mission of the program is to engage with ambassadors to build a stronger foundation, develop greater understanding, and improve transparency. As stated by Chief Clyde Parry, “Trust is the bedrock of any relationship. It is important that the public and the police have tough conversations to better understand each other’s point of view. I welcome tough conversations and controversial topics. Having open and honest conversations is the first step to understanding. Understanding leads to transparency and trust. That is what we seek with this program.”
The Coral Springs Police Department recognizes at times there is a misunderstanding or lack of knowledge about how the public perceives policing, and what the police actually do. Knowledge is power, continually improving is paramount to success, and in policing, transparency is key.
The Coral Springs Police Department formed CAP to provide a means for citizen ambassadors to learn more about the police department, engage in timely and controversial topics, increase direct interactions with our citizens, review good police work, and examine our use of force incidents.
CAP will be comprised of up to (16) participants, who meet the following criteria:
- Must be a resident or owner of a business operating in the City of Coral Springs.
- Commit to serve as an ambassador for a two-year period. ***High school students and city commissioners, may serve for one year***
- Regularly attend the bi-monthly meetings held at the police department during evening hours (attend at the minimum four of six yearly meetings)
- Be engaged and willing to discuss all topics, regardless of controversy (no topic is off-limits).
- Willing to research topics before meetings and submit questions and talking points before each meeting.
- Share take-a-ways with the community as an ambassador.
If you are interested in serving as a Community Ambassador, please click the application link and complete the form. CAP Application.
Questions or additional inquiries can be made to Executive Assistant Stephanie Rivero, SRivero@coralsprings.org, 954-346-1201