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BlueBridge Alliance Deploys Community Outreach Program

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Program Provides Resources and Assistance for Local Law Enforcement

KIRKLAND, Wash. - eTradeWire -- Bluebridge Alliance announces their new law enforcement community-giving platform. The pilot program was recently activated within local law enforcement throughout WA with the idea of going statewide and eventually nationwide. It is a humanitarian effort providing funding assistance, technology, model policies and guidelines, procedural templates, training materials, and community advocacy to help empower officers to use those provided resources with minimal administrative impediments. Officers can use the funds at their discretion for community outreach to make a positive impact.

BlueBridge Alliance provides the backing and puts information at the officers' fingertips in regard to what assets are available to strengthen the relationship between the community and law enforcement.

The local law enforcement that have adopted the program include:

●    Kent Police Department
●    Kirkland Police Department
●    Moses Lake Police Department

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●    Pullman Police Department
●    Suquamish Tribal Police Department
●    Wenatchee Valley (Including City of Wenatchee Police Department and the City of East Wenatchee Police Department)

The catalyst to create the non-profit came from a police incident in 2011. A San Diego Police Officer patrolling an underserved community was recorded by surveillance video at a fast-food restaurant buying food for a young neighborhood boy he had never before met. Minutes later, the officer was mortally wounded in an unprovoked attack by an assassin who had no apparent motive other than his desire to kill a police officer.

Through this BlueBridge turn-key program, each law enforcement entity gets a seed money grant to distribute at the grassroots community officer level when he/she is in the field over three-months. The goal is to have each agency establish an ongoing program within each municipality and become self-sufficient via local and community donations. They also serve as a clearinghouse for national and state funding, as well as for grants from private endowments.

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The needs Bluebridge Alliance wants to fulfill include:
  1. Immediate short-term assistance to those in critical need. Intervention in the form of a modest investment to address an urgent need could avoid an individual's or family's downward spiral of despair.
  2. Improved public relationships with law enforcement officers and agencies. Facilitating the ability of law enforcement to assist members of the community in a non-enforcement context can help mend the frayed relationship that all too often now exists.
  3. Positive impact on police morale and organizational culture. Officers routinely engage with fundamentally good people who are at a low point in their lives. Giving them the means to intervene to produce positive outcomes affirms and reinforces their service ethos and renews their sense of purpose.

More information or interested law enforcement agencies or police foundations visit https://bluebridgealliance.org/interested-agencies-and-departments/. To help the program please visit https://bluebridgealliance.org/donate/.

Sean Curry

Source: c3 Communications, Inc.
Filed Under: Non-profit

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