The Bridge Forum Releases First Edition 'Bridge Book' 'A Bridge in a Box' for Police & Communities

PHOENIX, June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Second Annual Bridge Forum, presented by the Black Chamber of Arizona and the Checkered Flag Run Foundation, released The Bridge Book (, best practices put into action for any community to use.

The book is a compilation from the gathering of metro area police chiefs and citizens working on common ground for community engagement and police professionalism.

“We call the book The Bridge in a Box,'” said Aaron Bare, author and cofounder of the Checkered Flag Run Foundation.  “Our goal is for 10 bridge forums to occur this year.  We’ll continue to add to the knowledge base – using The Bridge Book as the guidebook.  We see this as a TED movement focused on solving a specific problem for specific communities.”

The forum has hosted law enforcement from Seattle, Oakland, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte and Cleveland.  Participating in 2016:

The Bridge Book is available to Bridge Forum participants, including NOBLE with more than 15,000 black law enforcement executives. 

Featured guests included Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton; Congressman Ruben Gallego; President of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice Carlyle Holder; Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane; Arizona State Rep. Reginald Bolding; Maricopa County Chief Deputy Attorney Mark Faull; President & CEO, Black Chamber of Arizona Kerwin Brown; Arizona State Rep. Jay Lawrence; Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord; Major Gen. (US Army Ret.) James A. “Spider” Marks [last year’s Bridge Forum moderator]; Vice President of Supplier Diversity, Nielsen, Lamont Robinson, among others.

About Checkered Flag Run Foundation (CFRF). Founded by U.S. Army Desert Storm veteran Alan “AP” Powell and Serial Entrepreneur Aaron Bare, CFRF’s mission is to provide diverse educational programs that impact underserved students. Access to quality educational opportunities ensures the investment of every student getting to cross the “finish line”.

About the Black Chamber of Arizona (BCA). The mission of the BCA is to improve the economic development of business entrepreneurs and the communities they serve.

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