Professor Avon Burns, of C.S. Mott Community College, spent a career training people to become cops, lawyers and probation officers. She worked to bridge the gap between the community and the police. In the age of outrage about police misconduct she has suggestions for communities like Flint. Michigan. Her vantage point in Flint, a city that has consistently ranked at or near the top in violence of large and mid-sized cities in the nation helped her become a respected leader in criminal justice education.
She shares her work in developing the largest criminal justice career fair in Michigan. She served as Chairperson of the Michigan Correctional Officer's Training Council, a body that sets training requirements for all of Michigan's Correctional Officers. She was appointed to that position by Governor Jennifer Granholm.