Challenges of black police officers described

Officer Corey Saffold will present a talk and lead a discussion on “The Paradox of Being a Black Police Officer in Today’s Society” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8 in the UW-Fond du Lac Prairie Theater, 400 University Drive, Fond du Lac.

The UW-Fond du Lac Fine Arts and Lecture Committee, along with Ebony Vision and United for Diversity, will host the event as part of the Wisconsin Humanities Council’s Working Lives Project. Saffold’s presentation is also part of a yearlong lecture series coordinated by UW-Fond du Lac exploring civility in all of its forms.

Saffold is a police officer in Madison and serves as a school liaison officer in one of the city’s larger public high schools. Recognized in the community for his volunteerism, he is known for his work with youth of all ages and demographic backgrounds.

He will address the paradox of being a black officer during a time when police may be viewed as an enemy and are often not trusted, especially among the African- American community. When there are strained relations between the community and the police, Saffold will offer his strategy for engaging the community at large around these issues, which have also affected him personally.

The presentation is free and open to the community. No reservations required. For more information, call 920-929-1111, or visit

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