Partners in Community – Join
- Governor Malloy
- Senator Blumenthal
- Members of the CT Congressional Delegation
- The CT Commissioner of Public Safety
- Police Chiefs
- Mayors & Community Leaders from various Cities
- The Black & Latino Caucus of the CT Legislature
- The SHILOH CT Faith Collaborative
- The CT Missionary Baptist Convention
- Representatives from several Latino and African American faith Denominations
- 100 Black Men
- Jack & Jill Inc.
- NAACP (I)
- The Urban League (I), and
- residents of Connecticut
The 1st of a 3 part planning session designed to identify, initiate and implement prescriptive and preventive solutions to eliminate the senseless attacks upon young people of Color and Law Enforcement Officers.
Identify and Recognize trends across the state and in local/regional communities
Identify Potential & Opportunity for implementing legislation, programs and activities
Create Regional/Local working groups to develop implementation strategies
Solidify Commitment to specific unilateral and joint venture initiatives
Tension between community members and law enforcement is often based on three, or more, significant factors:
1. The reality that the majority of contact and communication between community members and law enforcement officers occurs when there is an investigation being conducted by the law enforcement officer which is likely to be in a situation where the community member is either the victim of or suspected perpetrator of some form of illegal act.
2. The lack of clear and/or adequate structured systematic activities to enhance interaction and communication between law enforcement officers and community members in non- emergency circumstances.
3. The possibility of some lack of knowledge about and misunderstanding and/or faulty interpreting of standing legislation and laws governing community and law enforcement interface.
1. Create and implement more effective continuous non-emergency communication mechanisms between community and agencies and/or affiliates of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
2. Develop and deliver a comprehensive outreach initiative between the community and agencies of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection which will include, but is not limited to the following:
- Monthly ‘ride along’ for faith and community leaders. One tier will be with the State Police, conducted at all Troop Barrack locations throughout the state rotating basis beginning with Troops G and H during the first 30 days. All Barracks will participate during the course of the program year.
- Monthly follow-up Community wide meeting with participating Barracks, Faith & Community Leaders and members of the respective impacted community for the purposes of:
- Sharing data gathered from the rides
- Note significant variance in opinions between interpretation of application of authority and enforcement of laws during the events
- Provide suggestions for improvements in process and practice of those laws and that authority
- Building cooperation and trust between community and law enforcement
3. Initiate and Sponsor a broad based statewide community and law enforcement engagement no less than 2 times annually for the purposes of:
- Recognizing and reviewing best practices for community/law enforcement engagement programs regionally and nationally, and
- Encouraging ongoing communication between community and local and state law enforcement agencies and officers.