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THE LARGEST POLICE-COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROJECT IN HISTORY - NATIONAL FAITH & BLUE WEEKEND - TO TAKE PLACE OCTOBER 8-11, 2021

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As crime escalates and tensions linger, police in all 50 states and the District of Columbia plan to come together with the communities they serve via town halls, peace and unity walks, picnics, athletic events, vigils, and more to find common ground. National law enforcement groups, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Atlanta-based Movement Forward, Inc. are jointly organizing the effort.

Washington, DC, Oct. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, October 4, 2021

For interviews please contact: media@faithandblue.org

Washington, DC — National law enforcement groups, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Atlanta-based social change organization MovementForward, Inc. are jointly organizing the most consolidated police-community engagement project in history - National Faith & Blue Weekend 2021 (Faith & Blue), with approximately 2,000 activities occurring nationwide October 8 - 11.

Faith & Blue is a non-partisan, non-sectarian effort aimed at breaking down biases and building bridges between law enforcement and the communities they serve. 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.

The events will serve as the culmination of National Community Policing Week. This historic effort involves everymajor national law enforcement group in the United States as well as with the federal agencies most directly engaged with local law enforcement. The co-organizers include:

FBI National Academy Associates

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association

Fraternal Order of Police

Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association

International Association of Chiefs of Police

International Brotherhood of Police Officers

International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators

International Association of Chiefs of Police

Major Cities Chiefs Association

Major County Sheriffs of America

National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys

National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives

National Black Police Association

National District Attorneys’ Association

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Museum

National Narcotics Officers’ Associations’ Coalition

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

National Police Foundation

National Sheriffs’ Association

Police Executive Research Forum

Secure Community Network

Small & Rural Law Enforcement Executives Association

These national partnerships are matched by an unprecedented collaboration with more than 50 state sheriffs’, police chiefs’, and prosecutors’ associations from coast to coast. Each of these associations is working to bring Faith & Blue to agencies throughout their respective states. Local events can be found here.

During National Faith & Blue Weekend 2021, law enforcement agencies across the United States will partner with faith-based and other community groups to host public activities focused on repairing and strengthening the bond between communities and those that protect them. The activities will include forums and town halls, peace and unity walks, picnics, athletic events, vigils, and other activities that foster an environment of problem-solving, resolution, and reconciliation. Activities will be conducted in a socially distanced manner, in small groups, and virtually.

“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.”

In its inaugural year of 2020, National Faith & Blue Weekend facilitated 1,000 community-led activities in 43 states and the District of Columbia. Rev. Hutchins says he believes the compounded stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic and the perilous strains on police-community relations across the country brought about a need to strengthen connections with local law enforcement through solutions-focused partnerships in every neighborhood in America.

National Faith & Blue Weekend is sponsored by FirstNet, Built with AT&T and the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

”Faith-based organizations and law enforcement groups are uniquely and deeply tied to their communities and it is through collaborative and respectful dialogue that common ground can be found,” says Jason Porter, president, Public Sector and FirstNet, AT&T. “As America’s public safety partner, it’s our honor to support the grassroots effort of Faith & Blue Weekend to strengthen police-community relations in neighborhoods across the country.”

"Motorola Solutions Foundation is honored to support National Faith & Blue Weekend as it drives important conversations and strengthens connections between law enforcement and communities across the United States," says Jack Molloy, Board Member, Motorola Solutions Foundation and Executive Vice President of Products, Sales & Services, Motorola Solutions.

For more information about National Faith & Blue Weekend, or to find an event near you, visit www.faithandblue.org.

ABOUT NATIONAL FAITH & BLUE WEEKEND

National Faith & Blue Weekend (Faith & Blue) is a collaborative initiative that builds bridges and breaks down biases through activities and outreach amongst law enforcement professionals and the communities they serve. Faith & Blue is based on the premise that strong communities are built on mutual respect and understanding. Law enforcement entities and faith-based organizations are both key pillars of local communities, and when they work together, neighborhoods thrive. Faith & Blue is a nationalization of the One Congregation One Precinct initiative (OneCOP), a program of MovementForward, Inc. which is a solutions-focused, social change organization based in Atlanta, Georgia led by noted human and civil rights leader, the Rev. Markel Hutchins. Faith & Blue organizers represent every major national law enforcement group and faith tradition in the United States of America.

Visit National Faith & Blue Weekend at www.faithandblue.org or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. #FaithandBlue

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CONTACT: Dennis-Anthony Dent MovementForward, Inc. 404-605-7000 dennis.dent@movementforward.org