October 25, 2020

Local law enforcement participate in ‘National Faith & Blue Weekend’

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(Franklin, GA) — Heard County Sheriff Ross Henry and Franklin Police Chief Kevin Hannah held a meet and greet with community Faith Leaders of Heard County on Friday, October 9 as part of the NFBW (National Faith & Blue Weekend).

NFBW was created as an outreach project to join national law enforcement groups and faith leaders across the country to work together to bring not only our local communities together, but our nation as a whole.

It hopes to establish partnerships with law enforcement and faith based organizations to work together and reconnect our citizens.

“We felt like we needed to meet with all our Pastors and Faith leaders in the county to get to know one another and put names to faces so that we can begin our partnership and work towards a better community,” said Sheriff Henry.

“We are blessed to live in a County that cares for one another like Heard County does and we want to maintain and grow this sense of family and nurturing that we have.”

Chief Hannah hopes to plan more meetings in the future.

“We discussed scheduling future meetings to create projects and  events that we can sponsor for our citizens to bring us all together and bridge any gaps we may have with our citizens. We hope to find ways to improve our communications with our citizens that will decrease biases and engage our community members,” said Chief Hannah.

The idea for NFBW Houses of worship will be the foundation of building community-police relationships as they represent the canvas of the diverse backgrounds of each town, city, and neighborhood in the United States of America – collectively touching the lives of millions.

Houses of worship have unrivaled relationships with and serve the communities and residents that law enforcement officers are sworn to serve and protect.

65 million Americans attend some form of faith-based gathering weekly. There are 350,000 houses of worship in the United States of America.

NFBW aims to spur a movement through solutions-focused activities jointly organized by houses of worship 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.

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