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U.S. Attorney Fardon Hosts Second Roundtable To Discuss Building Community Trust

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois

CHICAGO — Members of the community including religious, civic, and business leaders, youth leaders, and top law enforcement met yesterday to continue discussions around building community trust in the neighborhoods of Chicago.  This is the second of such meetings, hosted by U.S. Attorney Zachary T. Fardon, and is a follow up to the original roundtable held in December 2014 with United States Attorney General Eric Holder.  Among those participating in today’s meeting were Ronald Davis, Executive Director of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policy, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, and Deputy Chief Janey Rountree of the Mayor’s office. 

The Department of Justice has made the issue of community policing and trust a top priority.  Yesterday’s roundtable facilitated a candid dialogue about policing and trust issues, and focused on next steps for improving relationships between law enforcement and the community. 

Mr. Davis, who is also Director of the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services in Washington D.C. (known as “COPS”) led a discussion about the recently issued Interim Report from the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. In that report, the Task Force seeks to identify best practices and makes recommendations to the President on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust.  The Task Force specifically examined, among other issues, how to foster strong, collaborative relationships between local law enforcement and the communities they protect.

As part of their ongoing dialogue, yesterday’s roundtable participants shared several important ideas for strengthening the relationship between law enforcement and our communities, and they committed to continue the dialogue going forward. 

Updated July 23, 2015