What is

Bridging the Difference?

Charlotte is a city of over 850,000 diverse residents with varying viewpoints. Bridging the Difference aims to bring our community together for conversations about policing, public safety, community impact and a wide range of other topics. These community conversations will be taking place all across Charlotte, and your perspective is critical to bridging gaps and creating mutual understanding.




Involve the community inclusive of all perspectives to engage and understand wants/actions.


Increase understanding and trust through a series of conversations about police and community relations and public safety.


Mitigate potential challenges/issues in advance of the RNC and other major events with effective community outreach and interaction.

Upcoming Events

Police and Community Relations – Support and Accountability

When: Thursday, Nov. 15, 6-8:30 p.m.
Location: Johnson C. Smith University, Grimes Lounge, 100 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, NC 28216

Our panelists for this event include:

  • CMPD Chief Kerr Putney
  • Dr. Melvin Herring – JCSU Director of the Masters of Social Work Program
  • Jose Hernandez-Paris – Executive Director of the Latin American Coalition
  • Clarence E. Henderson – Civil rights activist at the forefront of the 1960 movement
  • Cindy Decker – Community organizer and activist

Immigration and the Charlotte Community

When: Thursday, Dec. 6, 6-8:30 p.m.
Location: El Camino Church at 201 Stetson Dr. Charlotte, NC 28262

Special guests include:

  • CMPD Chief Kerr Putney
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Sheriff Garry McFadden

Police and Community Relations – Bias and Privilege

When: Thursday, Jan. 17, 6-8:30 p.m.
Location: TBD

Desired Outcomes


See a shift in accountability/support spectrum results from before/after meetings to demonstrate progress in thinking, conversation and understanding


Challenge attendees to have ongoing conversations and engagement about these important issues


Solicit volunteers for large city events – target the need for city ambassadors


Encourage questions beyond this event to be directed to BridgingTheDifference@cmpd.org.


Create a movement with #BridgeCLT, and shift attention to conversation, not confrontation


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Become a Volunteer

Please pledge your commitment to be a Charlotte Ambassador (community volunteer).

We are looking for people who want to:

  • Be a part of impactful conversations
  • Share information with others
  • Welcome outsiders into our community
  • Assist local law enforcement to keep our city safe by providing additional eyes and ears in the community