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October 2017 | Volume 10 | Issue 10

In recent years, a number of tragedies have adversely impacted relationships between communities and law enforcement across the country. Subsequently, it has become apparent in some communities that a lack of trust has created significant barriers, which have compromised or breached these sacred bonds. Therefore, rebuilding trust within our communities is a huge task that law enforcement agencies cannot champion alone.

Community policing is most effective when it relies on the three-legged stool collaboration of local elected officials, community, and law enforcement. Therefore, local elected officials are instrumental in the success of community policing. Our role is often most defined by our ability to provide financial resources for our local police departments. As policy makers, we have the ability to pass laws (as recommended by law enforcement personnel) which strengthen community relationships. And, we are uniquely poised as liaisons to facilitate opportunities to engage our residents and police agencies regarding public safety concerns.

In support of these efforts, GA-House Resolution (HR) 787 recognizes October 2–7, 2017, as Georgia Community Policing Week. This observance is aimed at restoring community and law enforcement relationships by encouraging local leaders and various pillar groups to coordinate events with local police agencies to proactively engage our communities to enhance relationships and work towards resolving public safety issues.

The momentum is building for an exciting week of community policing activities. The city of East Point, GA, is hosting a community film screening/forum in partnership with the Office of the U.S. Attorney–Northern District of GA, a Gun Buy-Back event, and a basketball game for youth in partnership with the East Point Police and the Georgia Spartans.

We are pleased to announce that participation in this observance will stretch beyond Georgia to include efforts coordinated by Councilmember Raven Howard of Tuscaloosa, AL, and Councilmember Adam McFadden of Rochester, NY. For more information about Georgia Policing Week, please visit

Stephanie Gordon
Councilmember–East Point, GA

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