Senate Passes Shaheen, Hassan Bipartisan Resolution to Designate National Community Policing Week

October 05, 2017

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced the passage of their Senate Resolution designating the first week of October as “National Community Policing Week.” The bipartisan resolution recognizes the sacrifices of police officers and expresses support for building trust and mutual respect in communities through sustained and meaningful engagement between law enforcement and civilians. It encourages the people of the United States, law enforcement agencies, and elected officials to identify ways in which communities may improve public safety, strengthen relationships and build trust. Yesterday, during an event at the Derry Police Department, Shaheen and Hassan presented the resolution text to New Hampshire law enforcement leaders.

“Law enforcement officers take tremendous risks while in the line of duty and this bipartisan resolution honors their important work in New Hampshire and across the country,” said Senator Shaheen. “This resolution recognizes that community policing efforts have been key in improving the relationship between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. In New Hampshire, the efforts of our police departments to establish ties, build trust and collaborate with citizens and civic groups have played a leading role in addressing the opioid epidemic at its roots. We should always be thankful for the incredible sacrifices police officers make every day to keep our communities safe.”

“Our communities are stronger when police officers and citizens have good communications and partnerships. I am proud of New Hampshire’s longstanding tradition of community policing, and proud to co-sponsor a bipartisan resolution to recognize community policing,” Senator Hassan said. “I am deeply grateful for the commitment that these officers have shown to building the trust of the individuals they serve and protect, and I will continue to highlight the positive impact that community policing has on our people.”

As the lead Democrat on the Commerce, Justice & Science Appropriations Subcommittee, Shaheen helps secure funding for the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) programs.

Full text of the resolution is available here.