“You better believe I’m a change maker. Anything I can do to make this community better for everybody who lives here, I’m going to try.”Photo: Seattle Police Department Photo Lab
After a high profile shooting and increased concerns regarding racial profiling, tensions between the Seattle police department and the community were high.
Assistant Police Chief Nick Metz was in search of training options for his force and attended an AFSC-sponsored “Undoing Racism” workshop. At the trainer’s suggestion, at first he didn’t reveal that he was a police officer so others would share more freely. “I heard some really rough experiences,” he says. “It was an eye opener that there’s a lot of work we need to do in the community.”
Detective Cobane has become a huge advocate for the training within their department. He’s attended four times and gets something valuable from it every time. By engaging in proactive dialog with members of the community, these officers are helping to prevent conflict before it starts.