Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Hosts L.O.V.E. Is The Answer Workshop To Improve Police-Community Relations
A.J. Ali and Omar Neal led the training of the Winston-Salem community on how to love each other more effectively. Participants included Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough (the host), dozens of deputies and civilian staff from the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, officers from the Winston-Salem Police Department, officers from several other law enforcement agencies, high school students and others from the Winston-Salem area. One of the highlights of the workshop was when 4 high school students shared their 5-year goals with the entire group and more than two dozen members of the Forsyth County law enforcement community pledged to walk with them on their journey to help them achieve their goals. The L.O.V.E. Is The Answer police-community workshop was a hit with an outstanding average satisfaction rating of 4.57 out of 5!
Some of the comments included:
- Best training I've been to! Thank you!
- This will have me looking at love towards the community differently. AJ & Omar were great instructors. I would love to do another workshop with them.
- AJ's passion for the subject matter is evident. Great Work!
- I had no idea from the perspective on the other side. Everything was excellent.
The L.O.V.E. Is The Answer workshop was birthed from the award winning film, "WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer," one of the highest-rated documentary films of all time on the film rating website IMDB. We've created a space where police and community members learn and grow together, not in separate silos.
The workshop begins with the film and then takes participants on a journey through the L.O.V.E. Is The Answer principles that lead to healing and reconciliation. Those principles have also become a pledge: I pledge to LEARN about the people in my community, to unconditionally OPEN my heart to their needs as if they were all immediate family members, to VOLUNTEER to be part of the solution in their life during both good and challenging times, and to EMPOWER everyone I meet to do the same as if our lives depended on each other.
Next stop, Santa Monica. Dozens of members of the Santa Monica PD and Santa Monica College PD will be joined by school leaders, students and community members from all walks of life.
Learn more about the award-winning film, WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer, at www.walkingwhileblack.com. Learn more about the transformative workshop and other police-community reconciliation programs at www.trylovenow.com.