Latino Initiative: Law Enforcement 2016

Women and children wearing Go Global NC jerseys in Mexico

Officers from Mecklenburg and Union Counties traveled to Mexico in September 2016 for the first Latino Initiative program focused on law enforcement. The 24 officers from all ranks traveled with the goal of better understanding the Hispanic and Latino communities they serve in North Carolina. In addition to traveling in Mexico City to learn about the culture and history of Mexico, the group visited a correctional facility in San Miguel de Allende and a state surveillance and command center in Silao. The delegation also visited families in the community of San Nicolás del Carmen. Participants returned to the United States with a belief that cross-cultural understanding is key to effective community policing.

Latino Initiative: Law Enforcement 2016

Latino Initiative – Farm Bureau 2016

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Members of the North Carolina Farm Bureau Board of Directors traveled to Mexico in February 2016, led by staff members of Go Global NC (formerly the Center for International Understanding). In what several participants termed a “remarkable” experience, the week-long Farm Bureau Latino Initiative provided the opportunity to gain a better understanding of Mexican history and culture and its influence on the Mexican farmworkers who come to North Carolina each year.

Latino Initiative - N.C. Farm Bureau 2016

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LI Story on Web2016 has been a turbulent time for communities across the United States, and law enforcement officials are in the eye of the storm as our country grapples with race relations and the horror of violence by and against police officers.

Against this backdrop, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney is trying to make a difference. Talking inside Lancaster County’s Transformation Church in July, Chief Putney said Police officers are trying to reach out to the public because “it’s hard to hate up close.”

Healing Through Dialogue and Cross-Cultural Understanding
Chief Putney, an African American, is working to bring his officers “up close” to the many ethnic, racial, and cultural communities they serve in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. He believes in healing through dialogue and cross-cultural understanding. Go Global NC is proud to be partnering with Chief Putney to launch the inaugural Latino Initiative for Law Enforcement program in September 2016. The program is about building trust and improving public safety. Twenty-four police officers of all ranks from Mecklenburg and Union Counties will travel to Mexico with Go Global NC to better understand the Hispanic and Latino communities they serve. Today, nearly 12% of Mecklenburg County’s population is Hispanic. Chief Putney recognizes the challenges of changing demographics call for unique leadership.

Watch Chief Putney speak during a July 2016 meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina

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You Can Support the Healing: Help Fund the Law Enforcement Video Project

We are seeking $25,000 to document the 2016 Latino Initiative for Law Enforcement program. Funding will cover the cost of a video production team’s travel, filming, editing, and distribution of the final 3- to 5-minute film.

The video project will allow us to continue the healing by:

  1. Documenting the impact of U.S.-Mexico officer-to-officer meetings.
  2. Sharing the power of reaching out to other cultures, because “it’s hard to hate up close.”
  3. Broadly distributing newly created materials to expand law enforcement leaders’ effort to reach across racial, national, ethnic, and cultural lines to build trust and improve community safety.

Support the project by visiting our donation page.