Mission Statement & Philosophy

Badges2Bridges is an in-class and online (via Zoom) cross-cultural training program for police officers. The program aims to “build bridges” between law enforcement and local communities. The program is designed to increase the cross-cultural competence of civilian, uniformed and command staff who work with diverse communities and under-represented groups.

 

What services does the program offer?

Because of social distancing due to COVID-19, we are offering online webinars via Zoom. Officers can learn in the comforts of their own homes and can interact with their peers.

Additional services include consulting services and EDI support for leaders.

Can individuals purchase the online course?

Although Badges2Bridges is geared towards organizations, a self-directed online course is  available to individuals for $99.99.

 

Prices for each in-class training session or an online webinar via Zoom will be provided on a client by client basis, depending on the size of the class and the content for the session.

About Dr. Anita Jack-Davies

Dr. Anita Jack-Davies is an academic and cross-cultural expert. She specializes in equity, diversity and inclusion in the  workplace. Dr. Jack-Davies is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Urban Planning at Queen’s University.

She is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (www.idiinventory.com), an instrument designed to assess the cultural competence of employees. A certified Mediator, Dr. Jack-Davies helps organizations develop EDI strategic plans and conducts human rights investigations aimed at reestablishing effective practices in the workplace.

She has appeared on the CTV National News and the CBC radio discussing cross-cultural issues in a Canadian context. 

Credentials

  • Ph.D. Queen’s University
    Concentrations: Cultural & Policy Studies (major) & Cultural Geography (minor)
  • M.Ed. Queen’s University
    Concentration: Cultural & Policy Studies
  • B.Ed. Western University
    Concentration: Junior/Intermediate – English
    Certification: Ontario College of Teachers
  • B.A. (Honours)
    Concentrations: English & Sociology

Dr. Anita Jack-Davies in the News

  • December 2016: Watch Dr. Jack-Davies speaking on Canada’s CTV National Network News on the appearance of Viola Desmond on the Canadian $10.00 bill
  • December 2016: Watch Dr. Jack-Davies speaking on Canada’s CTV News as Canadians react to the new Viola Desmond $10.00 bank note.

Program Advisors

 

Mr. Michael Grodzinski brings more than 30 years experience to in the police services industry to the Badges2Bridges program. Michael has extensive experience as a police supervisor, investigator, and administrator, including more than 14 years at the Command level. 

His career spans positions within a number of bureaus and units including: uniform patrol; traffic unit; Morality and Vice Bureau; investigations of child abuse and youthful offenders (Sergeant in charge of this unit as well); Sergeant in charge of the Neighborhood Policing Unit; Bike and Traffic units; Detective in the Criminal Investigation Bureau (including secondments to the Homicide Bureau); Acting Detective Sergeant; Uniform Patrol Sergeant; Uniform Staff Sergeant in charge of a platoon and the Staff Sergeant in charge of the Career Development Bureau.

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Testimonials

“Outside of the initial training at the Academy, police departments typically do not inspect what they expect during in-house training. The Badges2Bridges curriculum is designed to provide an extremely high level of professional training while tackling the difficult topic of cultural diversity and the presence of implicit biases within law enforcement.

The Badges2Bridges academic format allows the training officer to ensure that the material is conveniently received as well as professionally understood. The convenience of web-based training allows the officer the benefit of utilizing the modules as a daily guide when working in the field. Modern day training within the law enforcement culture must remain aggregated in nature, thus the need to put an end to sporadic training has come. Badges2Bridges is a reliable professional development resource that is not afraid to address the tougher questions”.

Master Sergeant Walter “Shawn” McDaniels
Richland County Sheriff’s Department

Richland County, South Carolina, USA