Law enforcement organizations, houses of worship, and community organizations partner to strengthen the connections between law enforcement professionals and the communities they serve, October 9-12, 2020.
Washington, DC— The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum is pleased to participate in National Faith and Blue Weekend (NFBW). This event is being held in conjunction with a new national initiative led by Movement Forward called Faith & Blue. The NFBW initiative calls for the law enforcement community and houses of worship to collaborate on community-based events across the country. All NFBW events and activities are being planned for the weekend of October 9-12, 2020.
“One of the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum’s key goals has always been to provide a platform for dialogue between law enforcement and the communities they serve,” said National Law Enforcement Museum Executive Director Thomas Canavan. “Our participation in Faith & Blue aligns perfectly with that goal. We are excited to bring together houses of worship of many faiths with our local law enforcement departments for the good of the communities where we all live and work. We’re also pleased that our first effort together will help the area’s homeless residents.”
Faith & Blue seeks to build connections through these activities that are held in neighborhoods of every kind across the United States, jointly hosted by houses of worship and local law enforcement entities. These activities include community service projects, athletic contests, forums, and other activities.These engagements will help to build mutual understanding, benefiting the entire community.
Monday, October 5, from 8:30 am to noon (EDT) the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum will host A Day of Relief. Law enforcement agencies, faith-based communities, and community organizations will meet inside the National Law Enforcement Museum to assemble care kits for the homeless, the area’s most vulnerable residents. The Washington DC Police Foundation, Metropolitan (DC) Police Department, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), Harvest Life Fellowship, Grace Capital City, and Breadcoin are among the organizations who will assist in assembling care kits.
Monday, October 12 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT), Faith and Feast Flash Table: Breaking Bread and Barriers. In an effort to foster improved relationships between the homeless population and law enforcement officers, the National Law Enforcement Museum and Memorial will partner with Breadcoin and Washington, DC-area faith communities to host a “flash table” event that will provide opportunities for people to break bread and barriers toward a better understanding of one another on the grounds of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
Socially distanced tables will pop up throughout the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to host anyone searching for nourishment both physically and spiritually through a free meal and conversation with officers from the Metropolitan (DC) Police Department.
For media inquiries about the National Faith and Blue Weekend, please contact Robyn Small at 202-737-8524.
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About the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial contains the names of 22,217 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, visit LawMemorial.org. Authorized by Congress in 2000, the 57,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building tells the story of American law enforcement by providing visitors a “walk in the shoes” experience along with educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, and insightful programs. The Museum is an initiative of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information on the Law Enforcement Museum, visit LawEnforcementMuseum.org.