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Renton Police Partner with Faith Community to Strengthen Community Relations Partnership launches first of a series of Community Forums

May 13, 2015

For more information contact:
Kevin Milosevich
, Chief of Police, Renton Police Department 425-430-7500
Preeti Shridhar, Deputy Public Affairs Administrator 425-430-6569

Teen Summit: Improving Positive Relationships with Law Enforcement & Our Youth and Community. June 20, Renton High School

Teen SummitRenton, WA: As part of its efforts to build trust between law enforcement and the diverse communities in Renton, the Renton Police Department is partnering with different faith organizations including leaders representing local African-American pastors. Recent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, followed by other similar events in different parts of the country have brought national attention to the importance of strong police-community relationships, which has been a priority for the City of Renton and the Renton Police Department.

“We from the African-American clergy of Renton are very pleased to join forces with the City of Renton and its law enforcement department to be the change we want to see in our community,” said Reverend Dr. Linda Smith, Pastor SKY Urban Empowerment Center. “As we move forward our goal is to engage our community, educate our youth, strengthen relationships with law enforcement, and review and revise policies and practices to promote equity. We believe that we can be the change that will mirror what ‘justice for all’ looks like in the world.”

“As law enforcement leaders, each of us has an essential obligation and a unique opportunity to ensure fairness, eliminate bias, and build community engagement,” said Police Chief Milosevich. “Our partnership with the African-American Pastors and with other major faith community leaders in Renton will allow us to build on the pioneering work that we are already doing to emphasize inclusion and equity in our city.”

As part of this effort, the African-American Pastors group and the City of Renton in partnership with the Renton School District will host Teen Summit: Improving Positive Relationships with Law Enforcement & Our Youth and Community, first of a series of community forums on June 20, from 10:00 am to noon at Renton High School. The forum will include various staff from the Renton Police Department, leaders from the African-American faith communities, students, parents and the general public. It is an opportunity for youth and community members to interact with local law enforcement, understand how law enforcement works and for authorities to hear the community’s views on policing. For more information about this event, please contact the Renton Police Department at 425-430-7500.
 
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