As law enforcement professionals across the nation grapple with increased concerns about social justice and police reform, and communities struggle with rising violence, positive law enforcement engagement with residents is needed more than ever.
Our country needs the leadership of all key stakeholders to help find ways for law enforcement and local residents to reduce tensions, address biases, and create understanding that lead to safer and more inclusive communities.
During the second weekend of each October, houses of worship and law enforcement agencies jointly organize activities that are designed to foster an environment of healing and reconciliation.
Thirty sample activities are provided in a comprehensive planning toolkit and include forums, peace and justice walks, picnics, athletic competitions, crime/safety briefings, and other positive events. The events are also posted on an interactive map where community members can find nearby activities and are actively promoted through social media.
In its first three years, National Faith & Blue Weekend quickly grew to become the nation’s largest collaborative community-police engagement initiative.
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Resources for Ongoing Partnership
With the support of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) of the Department of Justice, MFI convened focus groups across the country to learn about best practices for law enforcement agencies and faith-based organizations to jointly create inclusive and safe communities. The identified best practices were used to create an extensive guidebook with templates, surveys, research, decision matrixes, and more. These resources can be used throughout the year.
MovementForward in Action
We look forward to continuing our engagement to build mutual understanding and respect between faith communities and all law enforcement with the goal of facilitating safer, stronger, unified and inclusive communities.
Lisa Wiley - Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office
Hartford, CT had one of the most successful events in our region. The Police/ Community partnership were the KEY to the success of the Day. From the planning to the implementation all elements came together to make our NFBW impactful. The book give-a-way, voter registration, the Horses, the food, the music, the church and all the interesting police vehicles and officers kept the 100 residents and families that came to visit engaged and encouraged and ready for more.
Kelvin Loveyjoy - Hartford Police department
The Phoenix Police Department held five virtual events for National Faith & Blue Weekend 2020 which took place October 9-12. Activities included staff from all seven patrol precincts and the Community Engagement Bureau, and featured members of the Police Chief’s Advisory Boards and the Faith and Justice Project Initiative that serves both south and west Phoenix. Each event was developed to increase awareness and understanding of various social and public safety matters, such as homelessness outreach, LGBTQIA organizations, and Sikh culture. Chief Williams and her executive staff were able to address participants during each session and reiterate the Department’s commitment to community engagement.
Nicki Hicks - Phoenix Police Department
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