I am excited to announce the inaugural class of the Community and Police Leadership Collaborative (“CAPLC”), a joint venture between Leadership Tulsa and the Tulsa Police Department. CAPLC is designed to enhance social capital—to help bridge divides and build bonds among citizens and those charged with protecting and serving them. CAPLC sponsors include: Leadership Tulsa, Mosaic, the TPD Foundation, and the Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation.
You are cordially invited to apply for participation in this cutting-edge trust-building program. Your demonstrated commitment to community service and your leadership experience and potential make you an excellent candidate for this unique opportunity.
The relevance of an initiative such as CAPLC can hardly be disputed. The Eric Harris and Terrence Crutcher shootings locally and a raft of high-profile police shootings nationally have deepened the already-wide gulf of distrust between law enforcement officers and citizens of color and their allies.
CAPLC is free to participants. Complete the attached interest form and submit it by December 30. In order to participate, you must be able to attend the opening retreat, take part in four morning class sessions, and work in conjunction with an assigned partner on a community project. Please see the attachment for dates and further details.
All applications will be screened and evaluated before selection of the initial class. Because relationship-building between the members of the class representing the community and those representing the Tulsa Police Department lies at the heart of CAPLC, the first cohort will be limited in size to roughly 24 participants—half community representatives, half Tulsa Police Department officers. In the event that you are not chosen for the first class, we encourage you to apply for a subsequent class.
This is a golden opportunity to build relationships and make a difference in the Tulsa community. We know you care, and this is just a further demonstration of your commitment to making our city as great as we know it can be. Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you in advance for your consideration.