Change from Within: Empathy, Humanity, and Improving Police Response

Date: Friday, Nov. 4th
Time: 11:30pm – 1:00pm
Location: The City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44114
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It started with a phone call to Jackie Acho from Detective Christopher Gibbons with the Cleveland Division of Police. He said, “I think we have a problem with empathy, can you help us?” Jackie is the President of the Acho Group, a strategy and leadership consulting firm whose 2014 TEDx talk – A Good Day’s Work Requires Empathy caught Detective Gibbons’ attention. To most, this seemed like an unlikely partnership, but Acho and Gibbons got to work.

Jackie knows that organizations can foster more empathy through cultural transformation and systems change from within, not training from the outside. So they created a new leadership model in District 4 and launched internal Innovation Teams, as well as the first employee engagement survey in the 160-year history of the police department. Top of the list in responses was a desire for increased community engagement, removal of tedious and repetitive paperwork, and a focus on officer mental health.

The result of the culture shift: Use of force decreased, citizen complaints were down, and officer transfers increased back into District 4. Now, three of the five districts are using the program.

Join us in-person at the City Club as we learn how to improve police response and engagement in our neighborhoods–particularly high-crime regions where empathy is most needed to de-escalate situations.

– Marilyn Burns – Community Advocate and Volunteer; Ward 6 Precinct Committee Member
– Christopher Gibbons – Detective, Cleveland Division of Police
– Brandon Kutz – Commander, Fourth District, Cleveland Division of Police

The livestream will be available beginning at 12:00p.m. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.


Nov 04 2022


11:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44114


The City Club of Cleveland
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