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Policing and Community: A Dialogue with Leaders

Date Monday, September 19, 2016
6 - 8:30 p.m.
FeaturingRamsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom, and SOS Founder and Retired St. Paul Police Sgt. Melvin Carter Jr.
Location CC313
SponsorsOffice of Diversity and Inclusion

Event Description

This is the first dialogue in a series of sessions about the critical issue of policing and community. Join us to hear from a variety of leading area voices. A follow-up discussion to this session will be offered on Tuesday, September 20, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Cultural Connection Center (CC317). 

About Our Speakers

Matt Bostrom has had a long and distinguished career in law enforcement and public safety. Since January 2011, Bostrom has been the sheriff of Ramsey County, with visionary leadership that includes providing safety through community policing; collaborating with public safety, community, and justice partners; encouraging diversity to reflect the community; connecting with youth to build for the future, and more. Sheriff Bostrom is well known to many in the Bethel community as a man of deep Christian faith and is an elder at Cross Cultural Evangelical Free Church in St. Paul.

Melvin Carter Jr. was moved into the profession of “peacekeeping” when in 1974 his family was devastated by the murder of two of his cousins. Determined to do something to keep other families from such terrible loss, Carter Jr. became a St. Paul police officer and served 30 years. After retiring as a sergeant, Carter Jr. continued his community service. He is very familiar with the real people behind all-too-grim statistics such as: in Minnesota and nationally, 1 in 3 black males born today will spend time in prison. Carter Jr. has led a variety of initiatives and founded Save Our Sons (SOS), an organization devoted to mentoring and supporting at-risk African-American youth.


Contact Ruben Rivera, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, at rrivera@bethel.edu.