Motivational Conversation for Community Building: Learn the skills needed to connect and engage with the communities we serve

June 24, 2021
1:00pm - 2:15pm

The need for Community Building has become increasingly complex.  Motivational Conversation is a method where building relationships through the use of well-placed questions will lead to better relationships with the public.

The necessity for good relationships between the criminal justice system and the public is vitally important.  We can build good relationships with communities by understanding how those relationships are influenced by several different perspectives.  There are three perspectives which we need to understand as criminal justice professionals to understand, engage, and construct positive relationships with the public.  The perspectives are:

  • Societal Worldview:  A successful society must have productive interaction between various parts of government, societal groups, religions, and the economy.  Each part of society functions together to contribute to the success of the whole.
  • Conflict Mindset:  This occurs with groups or individuals.  There is an emphasis placed on the source of differences among individuals or groups.  Conflict can be based on politics, availability of resources/opportunity, group affiliation, etc.  Some people can find comfort in perpetuating these differences.
  • Personal Lens:  We have a set of personal experiences and value judgments which shape our personal one-on-one interactions.  We find comfort in these value judgments.

By understanding the influences of these three perspectives and utilizing Motivational Conversation strategies, genuine community building can take place.  It takes commitment, time,  and effort, but the dividends gained can be truly significant.


Al Cobos has over 31 years of law enforcement experience with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). He holds a Master’s Degree in Emergency Services Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocational Arts from California State University, Long Beach.   He is an award-winning faculty member of the University of Phoenix, Southern California Campus for his research course development in managing teams. He currently serves as a Sergeant at the LASD Training Bureau’s Education-Based Discipline/Leadership Unit where his primary responsibilities lie with training personnel who have been disciplined.  He is also responsible for developing executives, supervisors, recruits, civilian/professional staff, and instructors in their pursuits on the Department.  He is the primary consultant and owner of Dychelon LLC which is a Human Resources training provider.

Al Cobos has earned the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, Master Instructor Certification and the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) National Instructor Certification.

He provides specialized training for any organization in the areas of Team Building & Management, Creating Culture Change in Organizations, Personal and Organizational Ethics, Alternative Discipline for Employees, Motivating Employees, Critical Thinking, Instructor Development, and Implicit Bias. Al Cobos works toward helping people in their personal and professional endeavors.