Law enforcement agencies are expanding an olive branch to the communities they serve until the first National Faith & Blue Weekend.
The event will take place October 9-12 in all 50 states and will act as the opening salvo for National
Community Policing Week. The weekend will serve to unite law enforcement agencies through local faith organizations with their communities to solve and resolve problems.
This inaugural initiative is being carried out by MovementForward Inc. and the US Department of Justice for Community-Oriented Police Services (COPS Office), along with all of the country's major national law enforcement agencies.
Rev. Markel Hutchins, leader of the One Congregation One Precinct initiative and President and CEO of
MovementForward Inc. believes nothing will change if law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve don't understand each other.
"In the past few years we have seen tremendous and unprecedented strains in the relationship between law enforcement and communities," Hutchins said in a statement. “This is a direct result of the social injustices and blinkers that people on several sides of these problems have had when it comes to community policing issues, especially color communities.
"The last few years have shown us that we can't just march and protest … at some point we have to turn our pain into power." Hutchins, adding law enforcement and local residents, need to "see the commonalities of our interests" and work together.
Local law enforcement agencies are feeling the brunt of a turbulent summer. The death of George Floyd on the knee of Minnesota Police Officer Derek Chauvin sparked a summer of protests, riots and budget cuts for police departments across the country.
Many also point to the fact that the protests and riots did not stop the police from killing black men and women in the United States.
Over the next four days, law enforcement agencies across the country will work with local faith organizations to conduct publicly available activities aimed at repairing and strengthening the bond between communities and those they protect.
Organizations participating in the effort include the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Office of Justice Programs, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Fraternal Police Force, the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, and the International Association of Police Chiefs, the National Black Police Association, the National District Attorney & # 39; s Association, and many others.