Jena Doak, [email protected]
Communities flourish when law enforcement and faith organizations work together. The National Faith and Blue Weekend is built upon that notion.
The National Faith and Blue Weekend initiative emphasizes ties between communities, law enforcement professionals and houses of faith. This special event will take place at the Sweetwater Events Complex Sunday, October 10, 2021, between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. There will speakers from the faith community, local law enforcement agencies, choirs, and of course, food!
In an interview with Wyo4News Insights radio show, a weekly feature highlighting community issues and events in Southwest Wyoming, several of our law enforcement officers spoke with host Tom Ellis about the event.
“This is going to be a collaborative effort with all three law enforcement agencies within the county to show our support to the community, know what the community wants, and to see the support that we have from the community members, also,” Sweetwater County Sheriff John Grossnickle said.
There has been a lot of tension between law enforcement and communities across the nation in recent times, but that is not something that Sweetwater County has suffered. That could be because our law enforcement goes out of their way to connect to the community at events like the Faith and Blue Weekend. It is a special time for the community to bring any concerns and issues that they may have with law enforcement, and to voice those matters.
“This is going to be a great time to get together and talk about those issues, to come out in a type of environment where we’re just getting together to talk,” Green River Police Chief Tom Jervie said.
Many officers in the community have been here for many years, and even graduated from local high schools. In that way, they can relate to and understand the people, just like a good neighbor. These men and women are very approachable.
It is important to bring law enforcement and faith-based organizations together, as they really do work together hand in hand around the community. During the pandemic, this was particularly true, as first responders and churches alike responded to increased numbers of unanticipated deaths.
This Sunday will be a special time to reinforce ties between the community, law enforcement and faith organizations. The public is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items that will later be distributed to the local food banks.