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“In the wake of so many tragic incidents across the country involving negative and often lethal encounters between law enforcement officers and young people, particularly young people of color, this program is absolutely essential to the development of mutual respect and rapport.”

~Former United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown

 

Bridging the Gap is a program sponsored by the partnership of the Mobile Police Department, the Mobile Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama. This program was developed to bridge the gap between our youth and our law enforcement community in our District, to foster positive relationships in our community.

In addition to building relationships, the program is designed to teach our youth how to have a positive encounter with law enforcement, if ever faced with such a situation. As such, the program consists of various mock scenarios that mirror a potential traffic stop, a home encounter, as well as a street encounter. The various scenarios have been carefully designed in order to show our youth both the right and wrong way of dealing with law enforcement.

Furthermore, the students are provided with a demonstration of the Firearms Training Simulator, which allows students to see the quick second decisions that law enforcement officers face as well. Thereafter, the students are able to engage our law enforcement during a roundtable luncheon. During this time, students and law enforcement get to know each other, as well as discuss the scenarios in further detail. Additionally, students are provided a legal overview on the use of force. Students are also equipped with an understanding of the proper way of filing a civil rights complaint should they feel their rights were violated during a law enforcement encounter.

JOIN BRIDGING THE GAP

Should your school, organization or group want to participate in Bridging the Gap, please contact Assistant United States Attorney, Christopher Baugh. You can email AUSA Christopher Baugh or contact him by phone at 251-415-7122.

The Bridging the Gap Program has now been adopted by the FBI as a national community outreach program called Bridging the Gap. Please click here to view the FBI produced video.

UPCOMING BRIDGING THE GAP EVENTS

May 5, 2017  -  Mary Montgomery High School
May 9, 2017  -  Baker High School

PRIOR BRIDGING THE GAP EVENTS

April 21, 2017 - Ben C. Rain High School
March 24, 2017 - Theodore High School
February 24, 2017 - Davidson High School
February 3, 2017 - Williamson High School
January 13, 2017 - Citronelle High School

December 9, 2016 - Blount High School
November 4, 2016 - Murphy High School
October 7, 2016 - Alma Bryant High School
September 23, 2016 - LeFore High School
July 22, 2016 - African Methodist Episcopal Zion Churches
July 14, 2016 - Youth Conference at National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Conference - St. Louis, MO
June 29, 2016 - Boys Scout Leadership Camp - Camp Tukabatchee - Prattville, AL
April 29, 2016 - Theodore High School
May 20, 2016 - Bryant High School
May 13, 2016 - B.C. Rain High School
March 11, 2016 - Davidson High School
February 26, 2016 - Vigor High School
October 16, 2015 - LeFlore High School
September 18, 2015 - Murphy High School
August 7, 2015 - Big Zion AME church and Springhill College
August 6, 2015 - Daphne High School
June 19, 2015 - Mt. Hebron Church
May 7, 2015 - Blount High School

LOCAL BRIDGING THE GAP MEDIA COVERAGE

Alabama News
AZ Family News Story
AL.com News Story
WDAM News Story
KSL News Story
Wave 3 News Story
World Now News Story
Fox 8 News Story
WAFB News Story

POINT OF CONTACT

Christopher Baugh
Assistant United States Attorney
Southern District of Alabama
251-415-7122
Christopher.Baugh@usdoj.gov

 

Updated May 22, 2017