My name is Parker McGrade. I am from Orange County, CA and I am a student at the University of Utah. Within the past month, there have been many challenges and sources of fear and uncertainty in our country. I have seen my country enter dark days as the divide between police and citizens continues to grow. I love my country passionately but recognize that there is a problem in the law enforcement community. I also realize that without them, we have no law, no safety, and no country. I am a person who prioritizes action, so I began to search for organizations that seeks to improve the training of police officers. That's when I found The Institution for Criminal Justice Training Reform.
This organization "exists to save lives and reduce injury among the public and the police by reforming the deeply-flawed, inadequate, and antiquated training models, policies, procedures, and legislative standards for employees in the United States' Criminal Justice System, particularly for those with the power to arrest, detain, commit, and kill" (https://www.trainingreform.org/vision). Although I do not agree with 100% of this organizations reform policies, my fundraiser will go directly towards their untrained campaign which supports: the development research used to accurately identify and correct ongoing problems, engagement with impacted communities, national campaigns for education and consensus building, and promotion of legislation to improve standards at local, state, and national levels.
Being that I consider myself to be an amateur endurance athlete, I plan on running 40 miles on my 20th birthday (July 11, 2020) in support of this cause. Each mile will represent a different victim of police brutality, negligence, or over use of force. This entire process will be documented on my Instagram @parkermcgrade. I ask that you please donate to help me create positive change in our country. Thank you and God Bless.
For more information about the the cause visit https://www.trainingreform.org/untrained-police