One Congregation One Precinct (OneCOP) is MovementForward’s signature program, facilitating positive, ongoing partnerships between local law enforcement agencies and diverse congregations of every faith tradition.
With increased tensions continuing to surround local law enforcement, communities need solutions involving collaboration and innovative ways of coming together on a national scale.
National Faith & Blue Weekend provides an annual weekend of deep engagement, but there is the need to support ongoing collaboration between residents and law enforcement officers to facilitate systemic change.
The objectives of the OneCOP initiative include increasing community engagement with officers via congregations to decrease biases and increase familiarity, mutual respect and trust; improving public safety through collaboration and information sharing to combat crime and violence and, proactively creating direct links between law enforcement and community leaders in an effort to prevent violent crime while also giving voice to public concerns relative to policing and police reform.
OneCOP provides a framework for law enforcement agencies and houses of worship to collaborate throughout the year, with quarterly activities, communications on best practices, and established pairings between precincts and houses of worship.
60% to 72%
Increase in Community Assessment of Relationship Between Officers and Residents
Houses of Worship Currently Participating
4.8 of 5
Perception of Law Enforcement by Residents After Programming
The Perspective of Participants
In the African American community, it has always and will (always) start in the black church.
- Athens, GA
The police need to come to our events, that’s how you build relationships…If you’re going to have self-defense class, have it at the church, have it at the mosque, have it at the temple, have it someplace where people feel more comfortable going.
- Portland, OR
Folks love firefighters because you get to see them all of the time…They had a basketball hoop at their station. So as a kid I was hanging out there all of the time shooting hoops, getting to know them…the only time I ever saw cops was when there was a problem.
- Portland, OR
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