NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ORGANIZATIONS TO ANNOUNCE LARGEST POLICE-COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECT IN HISTORY:
As crime escalates and tensions linger, America’s largest and most powerful law enforcement groups make a united plea for help with a nationwide weekend focused on dialogue, collaboration, solutions, and reconciliation
Press conference with national law enforcement organizations announcing the 2021 National Faith & Blue Weekend (Faith & Blue). Participants and other law enforcement leaders will be available for interviews immediately following the press conference.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 11:00 am ET - 12:00 pm ET
Doors open for media arrival and photographer setup/mult box plug-in at 9:15 am. Crews should plan to arrive no later than 10:00 am.
Space is limited. RSVP to the email address above.
National Law Enforcement Museum, 444 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Fraternal Order of Police – Patrick Yoes, National President
Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association – Chief Don Tijerina, Past President
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators – Chief Pat Ogden, National President
International Association of Chiefs of Police – Chief Steve Casstevens, Immediate Past President
Major Cities Chiefs Association – Baltimore County Chief Melissa Hyatt, HR Committee Chair
Major County Sheriffs of America – Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, President
National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives – Ms. Kym Craven, Executive Director
National Black Police Association – Lt. Willie Williams, National Chairperson
National District Attorney’s Association – The Hon. Billy West, National President
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives – Lynda Williams, Immediate Past President
Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association – Matt Silverman, National Executive VP
National Sheriffs’ Association – Jonathan Thompson, Executive Director & CEO
MovementForward, Inc. – Rev. Markel Hutchins, Lead Organizer & CEO, National Faith & Blue Weekend, an initiative of MovementForward, Inc.
FirstNet, Built with AT&T - Former Atlanta Police Chief George Turner, Consultant
Motorola Solutions Foundation - Jack Molloy, Board Member, Motorola Solutions Foundation and EVP of Products, Sales & Services, Motorola Solutions
The mission of National Faith & Blue Weekend (Faith & Blue), October 8 - 11, 2021, is to work towards safer, stronger, more just, and unified communities by directly facilitating collaborations between law enforcement officers and residents through the connections of local houses of worship.
Faith & Blue aims to recalibrate police-community relations in the United States through solutions-focused activities jointly organized by faith-based organizations and law enforcement professionals that can be done in-person, socially distanced, and/or virtually. These events include forums and town halls, peace and unity walks/marches, picnics, athletic events, vigils, and other activities that foster an environment of problem-solving, resolution, and reconciliation.
National Faith & Blue Weekend organizers represent every major national law enforcement group and faith tradition in the United States of America. This unprecedented effort is being co-convened by MovementForward, Inc.’s OneCOP initiative and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office). The effort is the most consolidated police-community engagement project in history. Faith & Blue is sponsored by FirstNet, Built with AT&T and the Motorola Solutions Foundation.