A handful of Montgomery County law-enforcement officers were found to have posted offensive content on social media sites.
Three weeks later, chiefs from 13 departments joined forces with the Ambler branch of the NAACP to show a “united front” and to establish better relationships between police and their communities, writes Brian Hickey for phillyvoice.com.
The news threatened those delicate relationships between police and the community, however the mood on Monday night at the Ambler American Legion Post was positive. The community showed a willingness to cooperate and move on from the incident.
“It has been a blessing to have gotten to know these chiefs who are standing with me. I have the highest regard for their dedication, integrity and their willingness to be receptive to me, my executive committee and the community members we serve,” said Carmina Taylor, head of the Ambler branch.
“We are here in a unified manner to strengthen the necessary dialogue to dispel any negative perceptions about police and community relations,” she continued. “We are here in a unified manner to educate the public on positive efforts that have been initiated by our local departments and our county police chiefs’ association.”
The group will work together at least over the next two months. Taylor said they will reconvene on Nov. 14 at a “Chief’s Cadre Meeting to report back to our community the action steps that will occur after today.”
Taylor hopes that the effort will inspire other communities to try something similar. The meeting lasted about an hour and was attended by residents and elected officials, featuring questions from the audience.
The main focus was to find a way for departments to diversify their police forces and to better connect with youths. Police departments want to change the way young people think about the men and women that protect and serve in their communities, many are fearful of police.
While they can’t go back and change history, the group noted that this is about determining how best to move forward into the future.
Taylor of the NAACP, couldn’t have been happier about how the event turned out.
“This is not just lip service,” Taylor said afterwards on behalf of the group. “We’re really doing something here. Today is about taking action in moving forward collectively, transparently and respectfully.
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