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B-CU Justice and Society Studies and Center for Law and Social Justice to Provide Law Enforcement Training for Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office


The names Trayvon Martin, Philando Castille, Michael Brown and the #BlackLivesMatter movement which emerged are synonymous with the tension between law enforcement and some of the communities they serve. Deep mistrust and fear between law enforcement and typically minority communities have increased as a result of highly-charged shootings of unarmed black suspects, as well as police assassinations. In response, B-CU Justice and Society Studies and Center for Law and Social Justice will provide law enforcement training to promote safety, accountability and trust. Jacksonville’s Sheriff Office, Florida Times Union,  News 4 Jax and ProPublica announced the Bethune-Cookman University and Jacksonville Sheriff’s office partnership, which will involve 52 training hours for 135 sheriff’s office personnel and 120 community members at a cost of approximately $27,000 beginning Monday, January 22, 2018.

For more information, contact: Dr. Randy Nelson, or 850-567-0536.

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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