St. Clair Shores Police Department holding Oct. 9 open house

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published October 7, 2021

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Building bridges between law enforcement and the communities they serve through outreach that includes churches and other places of worship, the St. Clair Shores Police Department will host an outdoor Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at Veterans Memorial Park on National Faith and Blue Weekend.

The Faith and Blue movement grew out of a program — originating in Atlanta, Georgia — that pairs officers at the beat or precinct level with local houses of worship.

Police Chief Jason Allen said that when the police reach out to schools or the senior center, they’re only hitting one segment of the population, but at churches, “there’s people that run the gamut of all ages and backgrounds.”

Faith and Blue aims to facilitate safer, stronger, more just and unified communities by enabling partnerships among law enforcement, residents, businesses and community groups through the connections of local faith-based organizations. Allen said the St. Clair Shores Police Department’s chaplain will be having more meetings with local church leaders to create those partnerships in the community.

“It’s a national weekend, and what you’re trying to do is build a bridge to more engaged communities,” said Community Resource Officer Chad Hammer. “We’re trying to reach out and build that relationship with everyone that lives in our city.”

In St. Clair Shores, the outdoor open house Oct. 9 at Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave., will give the community a chance to meet and interact with members of the St. Clair Shores Police Department, as well as see some of the equipment the department uses on a daily basis and in certain extraordinary situations. There will be activities and giveaways for children, and the event is open to all in the community. It is not a religious event.

“I just think it helps build the relationship,” Hammer said. “They get to come meet the officers, talk to us, see that we’re normal people, that we care about the community.”

For more information on Faith and Blue, visit faithandblue.org.

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