Blue Bell, Pa.—Rotary International Districts 7430 and 7450 will sponsor a Community Peace Forum on Saturday, Oct. 31 at Montgomery County Community College (MCCC), 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. The theme of the forum is “Building Safer Communities: Communities & Law Enforcement Working Together.” The event is open to the public; law enforcement officials, criminal justice faculty and students, and community peace activists are encouraged to attend.
The forum begins at 10 a.m. with a panel discussion in MCCC’s Science Theater, and continues with a luncheon and keynote address by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey. The panel discussion, which runs 10 a.m.-noon, is free of charge; the luncheon and keynote, which run from 12:30-2 p.m., cost $20. To register, visit bit.ly/PHLPeaceForum2015.
Rotary’s Peace Forum will engage participants in discussions about creating improved and sustainable relationships between members of law enforcement and the communities they serve. The event is designed to facilitate positive change through open dialogue and cooperation among stakeholders.
During the first part of the program, panelists will discuss issues that include ensuring high quality encounters between police and citizens; strengthening police-citizen relationships at the neighborhood level; and mobilizing community capacity to play an active role in public safety. Rotarian Joseph Batory, of the Philadelphia Rotary Club, will moderate the panel.
Panelists include: Jennifer Wood, associate professor of criminal justice at Temple University; Keith Hodges, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church; DF Pace, Rotary peace scholar and Philadelphia Police Department lieutenant, heading the Department’s Law and Criminal Procedure section; and Jayden Sampson, instructor of criminal justice, Montgomery County Community College. The luncheon and keynote address follow the panel discussion.
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges locally and globally. Rotary sponsor 6 Peace and Conflict Centers around the world where community members can be nominated for a Master’s Degree program or a professional program for training attendees in conflict resolution. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit rotary.org and rotarydistrict7430.org.