The nonprofit Midwest Coalition of African American Police Officers (MCAAPO) will host its 8th annual Conference Oct. 8–11 at the Greektown Hotel, 1200 St. Antoine. Registration
is free and open to the public. The 2009 conference theme is “We Must Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way.”
MCAAPO’s mission is to provide educational and vocational skills for police officers and the community. “Bridging the Gap” is the organization’s vision.
The four-day conference will include workshops for officers and the community. Workshops, which will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 8-10, will include “Sexual Harassment & Discrimination,” “Internal/External Well-Being,” “Community Policing,” “Marketing Your Image,” “First Response – Bombs, Terrorism,” “Professional Standards in Policing in the Community” and “Whistleblowing & Ethics.”
All attendees will receive college credit for attending the workshops.
An awards banquet will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10, honoring law enforcement officers from Detroit and surrounding jurisdictions. The mistress of ceremonies for the dinner will be Pamela Gentry, White House correspondent and political analyst for BET Networks.
Honorees include Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans, Chief Darryl Boykins of South Bend, Indiana; Chief Gregory Gaston of Inkster, and Chief Theodore G. Cadwell of Highland Park.
For more information, call Virginia Curtis at (313) 224-5237.