Brookhaven, GA, July 11, 2016 – by Trey Benton – Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura has been invited by the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Division of the Dept. of Justice to participate in the White House 21st Century Policing Briefing in Washington, D.C. on July 15th. The task force was created to “strengthen community policing and trust among law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.”
This briefing is especially relevant in light of recent events around the country underscoring the need for and the importance of lasting collaborative relationships between local police and the public.
This event will provide attendees with an overview of the recommendations from President Barak Obama’s Presidential Task Force on 21st Century Policing and will allow discussions on what the recommendations mean to Law Enforcement’s everyday work. Attendees will be joined by Senior Administration Officials to brainstorm new ideas about how to enhance public trust and confidence in the justice system while maintaining public safety.
“Our nation has a responsibility to support those who serve and protect us and keep our streets safe. We can show our respect by listening to you, learning from you, giving you the resources that you need to do the jobs. That’s the mission of our police task force, which brought together local law enforcement, civil rights and faith leaders, and community members to open dialogue and build trust and find concrete solutions that make your jobs safer. Our country needs that right now.” – President Barack Obama, Medal of Valor Ceremony, May 16, 2016
According to the final report from the Task Force, one aspect that was discussed during listening sessions was the topic of Community Policing and Crime Reduction. This premise encourages officers to enforce the law with the people not just on the people.
Brookhaven’s Police Department (BPD) has made great strides in getting involved in the community. Being visible at community events, school functions and through volunteer efforts, BPD says this strategy has resulted in residents being more inclined to report crimes in their communities and engage with Law Enforcement more readily.
DeKalb County’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Public Safety, Dr. Cedric Alexander, is a member of the President’s task force.
More information can be found in the Final Report below.