In an effort to increase our involvement in the community, BPOA has teamed with Concerned Black Men of Los Angeles (CBMLA) and the LASD. CBMLA is a mentoring program created in 1975 by Philadelphia Police Department officers to help at-risk kids fight against gang violence. Since its inception, the program has expanded throughout the United States. It is funded by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and has a proven track record of successfully mentoring and guiding young men. BPOA is looking for members to join CBMLA and show its participants the positive side of law enforcement. On June 13, 2015, the BPOA joined Sheriff McDonnell at the newly open Hall of Justice to host a CBMLA graduation. During the ceremony, Sheriff McDonnell presented each graduate with his diploma. The BPOA also presented CBMLA with a five thousand dollar donation to help in their continued effort to be a positive influence in their students lives. It is the hope of the BPOA and Sheriff McDonnell that many CBMLA participants will become sheriff explorers and future deputy sheriffs. For more information regarding CBMLA and becoming a mentor contact CBMLA President Mark Anderson at (323)868-0299 or email him at Mark.Anderson@cbmla.org
On September 12, 2015, the BPOA and Sheriff McDonald hosted a “Back to School” event for thirty-five students who participate in the Concerned Black Men mentoring program. These young men spent time in the Sheriff’s EPC room where they were introduced to Steve Carlson, the president and managing partner of NBC News. Mr. Carlson brought with him investigative news reporter Randy “Mac” Mcllwain who was the event’s keynote speaker. Mr. Mcllwain spoke to the mentees about “Dreaming beyond their circumstances” and leadership. Mr. Mcllwain also challenged and inspired the mentees to graduate from high school and look towards college. After the program, the participants were able to speak one-on-one with Sheriff McDonald, Steve, Randy, and members of the BPOA. The conversations were encouraging and enlightening for everyone involved.