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NAACP to host law enforcement diversity training today

The Springfield unit of the NAACP will host a day of diversity training Wednesday to help further relations between the community and area law enforcement.

The training will take place at Clark State Community College’s Brinkman Educational Center, 100 S. Limestone St., in Springfield. It is a collaboration between Clark State, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the Springfield Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The training will cover numerous topics based around building a culture of respect, according to information from Clark State.

Both the sheriff’s office and the Springfield Police Division have worked well with the NAACP in the past, Williams said. The goal is to continue to improve that relationship, she added.

“I really pray that we can develop a great community working relationship with officers and our community,” said Denise Williams, president of the Springfield NAACP chapter.

Eric Ellis, president and CEO of Integrity Development Corp. will lead the training throughout the day. Ellis could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.

Integrity Development is a management consulting firm based in West Chester, Ohio. The firm specializes in developing diversity programs and has worked with companies that include Honda North America, the U.S. Air Force and Lexmark, according to the organization’s website.

The training will start with sheriff’s deputies but later sessions will include officers from the Springfield Police Division.

Williams also thanked Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly for encouraging deputies to take part in the training.

“He has grabbed a hold of this and ran with it,” Williams said.

In the long run, Williams said she hopes to open the program to other community entities.