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Seminar Title:  
Community Policing and Community Engagement Police Officer Training

DATES:  10/9/2023 through 10/10/2023

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Michael Morrison

LOCATION:  Myrtle Beach Police Department Training Center - 3340 Mustang Street (M.B. Air Force Base), Myrtle Beach, SC  29577

HOTEL:  DoubleTree Resort By Hilton Myrtle Beach - Myrtle Beach, SC  843-315-7100
$104 Double
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $425.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Michael T. Morrison is the Director and Founder of  MTM Enterprises, an organization dedicated to building communication between local law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Born in Newark N.J. and raised by single mother, Morrison understands the importance of mentorship. As a ninth degree Grandmaster in karate, he teaches karate and self-defense training to inner-city youth as a mechanism to keep them off of the streets and away from the lure of crime and drugs.

Morrison began his career in law enforcement in 1987 aspolice officer, and worked for the N.J. Transit Police in Penn Station Newark.  In 1990 he was hired as the second African American police officer in the history of the Maplewood, New Jersey township.

In 1999 Morrison became the first African American detective in Maplewood, NJ and was assigned to Columbia High School as the District’s first school resource officer. 

In this role he realized the disenfranchised and marginalized students in the high school were in need of intervention to ensure academic success and graduation, and he developed the South Orange Maplewood Mentor Program, a 501c (3) organization dedicated to providing mentors for at-risk youth.  Over 200 students participatedwith a graduation success rate of 98%.

In 2005 Morrison became the first African American promotedto the supervisory position of Sergeant in the Maplewood, NJ township PoliceDepartment. In response to a major incident between local police officers and agroup of at-risk youth in the community, Morrison created the inauguralCommunity Policing Program to repair and improve the relationship between thepolice and the community, called Officer Mike’s Open Gym.

For Officer Mike’s Open Gym, Morrison recruited over 30 police officers to partner with teachers, preachers and at-risk students after school daily, for basketball, boxing, jump rope, and dialogue to build understanding, trust and relationships.   And, because physical activity and building relationships can work up an appetite, he recruited local restaurants to generously provide food and refreshments.  

As a consultant for police departments on community policing,Morrison is proficient in evaluating and identifying causes of breaches in community trust and assisting in the design of restorative programs with quantitative and qualitative results. 

In 2018,  Morrison was recruited to serve on the Newark Anti-Violence Committee (NAVC) Advisory Board. NAVC is committed to supporting victims of violent crimes in Newark, NJ.

Morrison is the recipient of the “Beloved Community” Award from South Orange, NJ, the NAACP of the Oranges and Maplewood, NJ., and they named him “warrior for youth".  

A graduate of the New Brunswick Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Ministry and Community Leadership, Morrison was ordained as a reverend in January 2021.  He serves as Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church of South Orange, NJ.

Morrison is the author of “Black Cop” the story of one officer’s struggle to stay committed to his community while fighting systemic racism in the police department. 


Pre-Payment is not required to register or attend IN-PERSON seminars. Pre-payment is required for WEBINARS and ONLINE COURSES.


Course Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand what Community Policing and Community Engagement is and its role in improving community relationships, reducing crime and disorder

  2. Execute a community and law enforcement SWOT analysis

  3. Identify where police and community relations may be fractured within their communities.

  4. Develop an effective Community Policing and Community Engagement program to address their unique jurisdiction and agency needs

  5. Identify resources and partnerships to develop an effective program

  6. Leverage the tools to develop positive community relationships to improve agency credibility

  7. Apply the 9 Principles of Policing

  8. Cite the benefits of Community Policing and Community Engagement

Materials Needed: Officer Training Manual and Pen (supplied)

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