Community activists want police to join forces with religious leaders – WSB-TV Channel 2
ATLANTA – Community activists are searching for solutions to the rise of crime in Atlanta.
One activist believes the answer may be to build relationships between law enforcement and faith-based organizations.
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The program he calls “The Faith and Blue” would see faith-based organizations partnering with law enforcement to organize events, meetings, or really anything that gets both sides talking.
Reverend Markel Hutchins launched this initiative in response to the difficult year that 2020 has been for the police.
We have to turn a new leaf. These people are not the enemies of our community. They are absolutely our friends, ”he said. Richard Elliot of Channel 2.
Reverend Hutchins gathered religious leaders from across Metro Atlanta and law enforcement officials at the State Capitol on Tuesday to begin discussing how they are bridging the gap.
“We need to find a way forward because crime and violence are out of control, and we continue to see officers involved in tragedies. So everything we did didn’t work. It’s time to try something different, ”he said.
Brookhaven Police Major Shameta Jones-Harrell thinks “The Faith and Blue” is a good idea.
She believes partnering with faith groups is a way to enter communities where relationships are strained and begin to heal them together.
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“There have already been challenges with law enforcement, the profession and the community. The disconnect, and we’ve always been able to go back and really bring it back up, and I think we can do it again, ”she said.
Currently, around 200 events are planned for faith groups and law enforcement agencies across the state.
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