ESSEX — To show support of BCPD Chief Melissa Hyatt’s desire to build community relations in Baltimore County and in conjunction with the NATIONAL FAITH AND BLUE WEEKEND – Trinity Church of Essex will be hosting a community event for community members to meet and engage with local law enforcement personnel.

There will be free food and prizes, COVID friendly games for kids, live music featuring the Island Breeze band and more!

NFBW is an unprecedented national law enforcement-community engagement project involving nearly every major national law enforcement group in the United States of America along with the three entities in the federal government that deal most directly with policing.

On April 27, 2020, led by Director Keith and Reverend Hutchins, the heads of each of the following organizations participated in the initial meeting:

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, United States Department of Justice, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, International Brotherhood of Police Officers, International Conference of Police Chaplains, Major County Sheriffs of America, National Asian Peace Officers Association, National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys, National Association of Police Organizations, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, National Black Police Association, National District Attorneys Association, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Narcotics Officers’ Associations’ Coalition, National Police Foundation, National Sheriffs’ Association, Police Executive Research Forum Initial meeting participants had no idea that the unfortunate death of George Floyd in Minneapolis nearly three weeks later would accelerate and reiterate the need for this so sorely needed, change effort.

Specialized units from the Baltimore County police department will be there as well as McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog!

The event will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020 from 12 p.m. – 4p.m. Free Tickets are available through Eventbrite. The official opening of the day will be at 12:30 p.m. with County officials and Law enforcement officers there to greet everyone.

There will be free Thin Blue Line bracelets and pins for the first 100 people to arrive. Raffle will include: Thin Blue Line Duffle filled with items, Local Business Gift Cards, Steamed Crabs and more!

“Communities across the country need this time and action of healing. Pastor Lane has long operated from the mantra we are here to help hurting people,” Bob Larson, teaching Pastor at Trinity Church of Essex said.

“Our communities are hurting right now. Our police force is hurting right now because the public they swore to protect is hurting. What better way to bring the police and the community together than a good old fashioned BBQ and picnic.”

Trinity Church is a non-denominational church open to all people of all faiths. The founding pastor, Dr. James H. Lane is a decorated WWII veteran who just celebrated his 96th birthday. He is excited for this event and encourages all to attend. Co-pastor Hope Larson is a chaplain with the Baltimore County Police Department.

For more information please contact: BCPD Chaplain, Hope Larson at 443-255-1234.

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