Law Enforcement, Communities, and Faith-Based Organizations to Come Together for National Faith & Blue Weekend (Oct. 8-11) | National Police Foundation

Law Enforcement, Communities, and Faith-Based Organizations to Come Together for National Faith & Blue Weekend (Oct. 8-11)

September 28, 2021—The National Police Foundation, along with every major national law enforcement group, state, and regional associations representing 47 states, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is partnering with Atlanta-based MovementForward, Inc.’s One Congregation One Precinct (OneCOP) initiative to jointly organize the most consolidated police-community outreach project in history—National Faith & Blue Weekend 2021 (Faith & Blue).  The effort is sponsored by FirstNet, Built with AT&T and the Motorola Solutions Foundation. The mission is to facilitate safer, stronger, and more unified communities by connecting law enforcement officers and residents through local faith-based and community organizations.

“For the past several years, we’ve seen enormous strains in the relationship between law enforcement and communities,” says MovementForward CEO and Faith & Blue lead organizer Rev. Markel Hutchins. “Recent times have proven that we cannot simply march and protest away the problems — we have to turn our pain into power,” continues Rev. Hutchins.  “Our pathway to progress around policing as a nation is a collaborative one that focuses on our commonalities rather than our differences.”

National Faith & Blue weekend offers a unique way to reinforce connections between policing professionals and the communities that they serve. As the nation continues to grapple with recent discord between law enforcement and some of the communities they serve, Faith & Blue weekend will address the urgent yet longstanding need for authentic collaboration between law enforcement and residents. In its inaugural year of 2020, National Faith & Blue Weekend facilitated 1,000 community-led activities in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

Launched in October 2020 in the wake of the controversial deaths of George Floyd and other law enforcement-involved tragedies, Faith & Blue is an unprecedented national law enforcement-community engagement project involving dozens of state law enforcement professional associations, the federal government, and nearly every major national law enforcement group in the United States of America. Faith & Blue 2021 is slated for Friday, October 8 – Monday, October 11, with planned activities such as community dialogues, peace marches, service projects and other interactive experiences to help foster ongoing, authentic and mutual community-law enforcement trust. For more information about National Faith & Blue Weekend (Faith & Blue), visit www.faithandblue.org.

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