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National Faith & Blue

National Faith & Blue

Faith & Blue Weekend is a national event with activities in communities across the country that brings together law enforcement and residents to build connections, create mutual understanding, and enhance justice and reconciliation.

WHAT IS IT?  National Faith & Blue is a collaborative initiative that builds bridges and breaks down biases through events, activities and outreach amongst law enforcement professionals and the communities they serve.

WHY?  National 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 key pillars of the community, and when they work together, neighborhoods thrive.

HOW?  National Faith & Blue is an extension of the One Congregation One Precinct initiative (OneCOP), a program of Movement Forward, Inc., which is a solution-focused, human & civil rights organization based in Atlanta, Georgia.  The OneCOP initiative pairs officers at the beat or precinct level with local houses of worship.  Similarly, Faith & Blue is facilitated by law enforcement entities, faith-based organizations and the community.

WHO?  Faith & Blue organizers represent every major national law enforcement group and faith tradition in the United States of America.  The effort is being co-convened by OneCOP and the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) to organize the most collaborative police-community engagement project in recent American history.

We hosted our first event in Takoma Park on Sunday, October 10, 2021, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm with a “Walk & Talk” along Sligo Creek Parkway, meeting up at the intersection of Maple Avenue & Sligo Creek Parkway.  We walked along the Creekway until it reached Piney Branch Road and then walked back.  This portion of the Parkway is closed to traffic on Sundays.

We reached out to various places of worship in and around the City and asked them to join us, along with their congregations, for this “Walk & Talk.”  Chief DeVaul was in attendance along with various law enforcement officers and our police chaplain.

If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Plevy at cathyp@takomaparkmd.gov or 301-891-7142.

 

 

 

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