In a time when relations between police and civilians are strained, area departments are working to break down some of the barriers between law enforcement and the communities they serve. In Huntsville, two Huntsville Police Department captains, along with the mayor, participated in a public discussion.
“The panel is meant to foster dialogue between law enforcement and citizens,” according to a Facebook post.
Then, on June 12, HPD officers participated in a unity rally organized by a Huntsville nurse. Speakers from Oakwood University Church and the National Black Nurses Association addressed the crowd, discussing ways to heal after the death of George Floyd.
Officers also posted several videos discussing recent events and how they are responding to them.
“We can do better, and we’re going to have some tough conversations, some very tough conversations. But those conversations are needed,” said Captain Jeffery Rice with the Huntsville Police Department.
While things are still tenuous, other groups are showing appreciation to the area police departments and first responders for the good work they do.
Bishop Townsend with Grace Community Church stopped by one precinct to offer up prayers for the police officers.
Each bag had mints, tissues and other fun items, in addition to a handwritten note thanking them for their service.
Other groups are showing their appreciation as well. Faith Covenant Church donated water bottles full of candy along with thank-you notes, while one local business owner brought pizzas over for the officers.
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