Faith & Blue Presents: Community and Police Relations
Faith & Blue, an initiative by MovementForward, Inc. presents: Community and Police Relations, a series of online forums designed to create a much-needed safe space for conversations between law enforcement agencies and leaders from the faith community, and the communities they serve, can convene to address difficult conversations about police-community tensions and begin working toward a more just and equitable society. These series of conversations will lead up to the Faith & Blue’s culminating event, National Faith & Blue Weekend, Oct. 8-11, 2021.
May Conversation: The Importance of Accountability & Transparency
On May 24, 2021, we hosted a much-needed conversation facilitated by Julie Yocca, manager or law enforcement and criminal justice programs, MovementForward, Inc. and Dr. Jonathan Lotson, manager of faith-based and community partnerships, MovementForward, Inc. with special guests, Al Hajj Imam Farid Ansari, Chaplain Adult Correction Facility Rhode Island and Chief Christopher Wagner (Ret.) Denville, NJ Police Department about ways law enforcement agencies can take accountability and be transparent to grow public trust and improve relationships with the communities they serve and how citizens can do their part to work with local law enforcement agencies to deepen community engagement and create safer communities. This conversation will be livestreamed on our Facebook and YouTube channels!
“Police-community tensions are at an all-time high. Without a doubt, America needs a resolution to address the systemic racism at the heart of many of society’s wrongs, including the racial inequities in our criminal justice system. Police reform will not happen overnight, and the long-term solution will require a substantial effort to address the grievances and negative perceptions civilians have about law enforcement. Collaborations between police agencies and local groups–especially faith-based organizations–are invaluable force-multipliers for creating safer and more engaged neighborhoods.”Reverend Markel Hutchins, lead organizer, National Faith & Blue Weekend; president & CEO, MovementForward, Inc.