(Advocates & Leaders for Police and Community Trust)
ALPACT (Advocates & Leaders for Police and Community Trust) is a twenty-year-old, voluntary group coordinated and facilitated by The Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion, consisting of law enforcement, community, advocacy, civil rights leaders and representatives dedicated to the mission of ALPACT.
The mission of ALPACT is to examine issues affecting police and community relations, and the discriminatory enforcement of laws, such as racial profiling, police discretion, use of force, recruitment and training, citizen complaint processes, community partnering, police leadership and management, and disciplinary practices designed to enhance the bonds of trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve; and to present and recommend implementation strategies to law enforcement and community groups.
For more information contact Desiree Squire at (313)870-1500 x104.
MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2020
In the wisdom of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
For over two decades, ALPACT (Advocates & Leaders for Police and Community Trust), a voluntary group consisting of local, state, and federal law enforcement, legislators, community, advocacy, civil rights leaders and representatives, coordinated and facilitated by the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion, have been actively dedicated to bridging relationships by examining issues affecting police and community relations and to present and recommend implementation strategies to law enforcement and community groups.
Currently, we are living in similar tumultuous times as that of the Civil Rights era and we find ourselves at the crossroads of action or silence. We, the diverse members of ALPACT, are boisterously in agreeance with the peaceful protestors for the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery in that justice will be served and shall prevail. But in order for that to be the goal, we know that we all have to continue building in solutionary ways as a community united by love and respect.
It is understandable that people want to be together in community and solidarity with those that have suffered unnecessarily from illegal violence over the recent week. We cannot allow the clear message of this moment to be clouded by the acts of a few during overwhelmingly peaceful protests across this country.
All the good people of the Metropolitan Detroit area feeling the grief and pain of this injustice and we, the members of ALPACT, are working hard to be the change that is needed. Even though in this moment there is a feeling of one step forward, two steps back, ALPACT will keep true to our collective mission by moving forward in a positive direction.
We challenge each and every one of you to join us in the fight against racism and the systematic inequities at all levels of our society. Please channel your righteous anger into hopeful and peaceful actions that will force the change we need.
In Community Solidarity,
ALPACT Detroit Metro