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Building Collaborative Relationships to Enhance Tribal-State-Local-Federal Public Safety Efforts

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The Community Relations Service (CRS) is the U.S Department of Justice’s "peacemaker" for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, and national origin. The CRS promotes the principles and ideals of non-discrimination and applies skills that allow parties to come to their own agreement. In this webinar session, CRS Region VII Director, Pascual Marquez and Conciliation Specialist Grace Sage Musser presented lessons learned and best practices used to assist participants who are building collaborative relationships in tribal-state-local-federal initiatives to sustain public safety. These best practices focused on:

  • Building a collaborative, respectful relationships;
  • Understanding the values, culture and tradition of their neighbors;
  • Showing kindness and respect to each other;
  • Being open to learning and being educated; and
  • Learning the community’s economy, history, culture.


The webinar presenters also highlighted resources available through the CRS and how to access them.

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