A nonprofit is working to unify local law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), Michigan State Police, Grand Rapids Police and Grand Rapids Public Schools have come together to host a community conversation. Through panel discussions and small group sessions, the goal is to create dialogue that will strengthen relationships and improve communities.

Students with GRPS will also get the chance to check out career opportunities in law enforcement. The Tuesday event was expected to include 75-100 participants at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids.

Similar events were held in Detroit last month, and more events are planned after Gov. Rick Snyder's announcement in October to review the culture of state government and law enforcement.

RISE, founded in 2015 by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross, uses the power of sports to improve race relations and drive social progress. The nonprofit uses sports to promote understanding, respect and equality. RISE is headquartered in New York, but has offices in Detroit and Miami -- and has been active in 25 states. For more, visit www.risetowin.org.

Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), Michigan State Police, Grand Rapids Police and Grand Rapids Public Schools came together to host a community conversation on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), Michigan State Police, Grand Rapids Police and Grand Rapids Public Schools came together to host a community conversation on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
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