BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The Battle Creek Police Department will join Battle Creek’s second annual Faith and Blue event Saturday, Oct. 8, from noon-4 p.m. at Claude Evans Park, 320 N. Washington Ave.
This annual event is part of National Faith and Blue Weekend, which focuses on resolution and reconciliation, and is a collaborative effort to build bridges and break biases between law enforcement and communities.
This year’s Faith and Blue event, hosted by the Calhoun County Faith-Based Coalition and Calhoun County law enforcement agencies, will include BCPD, as well as both the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office and Michigan State Police.
Command staff representation from each department will attend, to engage in an open forum with the community. This community discussion will include an interview panel of both faith leaders and law enforcement officers, during which neighbors will have the opportunity to pose questions about policing and safety in the community.
After the open forum, neighbors and law enforcement officers will be able to interact more casually. Light refreshments will be provided, including a hot dog food truck, and neighbors will be able to join officers on the basketball court and for other yard games.
National Faith and Blue Weekend was started in 2020 by Movement Forward, Inc., in collaboration with the COPS office of the U.S. Department of Justice. Their mission is to bring law enforcement and community members together for an event, while utilizing faith-based organizations to assist with this process.
For more information about National Faith and Blue Weekend, visit: faithandblue.org.
Attachment: 2022 Faith and Blue event flyer