Representatives from a wide range of faith and police related communities gathered in the Houses of Parliament this week for the launch of #FaithAndPoliceTogether.
#FaithAndPoliceTogether is a collaboration of several faith based organisations who each have a long standing track record of working alongside Police and statutory bodies with outcomes that have helped towards wider community transformation within Police Related Priorities.
The day was hosted by Halifax MP Holly Lynch who founded the campaign for police officer safety - #ProtectTheProtectors. Ms Lynch spoke about the way faith communities were working within her own constituency and the impact they have for the wider community.
Representatives from faith groups including Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan and Sikh spoke about work, impact and needs within each faith and the wider community.
The work of faith communities were thanked by Deputy Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police Paul Netherton who highlighted the way faith groups respond within disaster situations including the Grenfell Tower fire.
Grassroots faith led projects were highlighted including ROC Conversations, Street Angels and Bus Oasis. ROC Conversations gather together people of goodwill to produce action plans towards community cohesion whilst Bus Oasis, working in Calderdale, meet needs including elderly isolation and young people hanging around in the town centre - the latter seeing anti-social behaviour reduce by 25% as a result.
The day finished with messages of encouragement from MP's and Christians on the Left.
Debra Green OBE, founder and Executive Director of Redeeming Our Communities, comments, "I was delighted to attend the #FaithAndPoliceTogether network event at the Houses of Parliament on April 18th. Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) are members of the network and are passionate to play our part alongside other faith organisations in supporting policing priorities. We are better together. ‘
Paul Blakey MBE, co-founder of #FaithAndPoliceTogether and CEO of Christian Nightlife Initiatives Network, said "This was an exciting day of gathering together faith, police and political leaders from across the UK to start and continue conversations around working together for the benefit of the wider society. Together we can achieve community transformation and cohesion which will help create communities that all want to be part of."
Lee Russell, Executive Director of the Christian Police Association said “It has been really great to be part #FaithAndPoliceTogether and members of our charity’s executive team were so pleased to be able join the launch event. It was exciting to be able to connect with both faith and also police related communities within this exciting project and we look forward to continuing to support this initiative”
To find out more about how to join this exciting new project please visit www.faithandpolicetogether.org.uk