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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, October 1, 2016

ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH TO LAUNCH NATIONAL COMMUNITY POLICING WEEK IN DALLAS

Attorney General Lynch, Dallas Cowboys to hold Youth-Officer Forum

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch will launch National Community Policing Week by traveling to Dallas on MONDAY, OCT. 3, to hold a 21st Century Community Policing Youth Forum with students,  officer cadets, and Jason Witten and Barry Church of the Dallas Cowboys known for their work to bring communities and law enforcement together.  The forum will also be featured on the Department of Justice Facebook Live page

 

“Strengthening the relationship between law enforcement officers and the communities we serve and protect is one of my top priorities,” said Attorney General Lynch.  “During National Community Policing Week, we will be hosting hundreds of events around the country designed to foster dialogue, promote cooperation, and help citizens and law enforcement officers get to know one another as partners in our shared efforts to build stronger, safer, and more just communities for every American.”

 

The following day, TUESDAY, OCT. 4, the Attorney General will join Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings at a National Night Out event led by the Dallas Police Department.  National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.  Established in 1984 from a Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) grant, the goal of National Night Out is to build relationships with and between communities and law enforcement, to promote crime prevention efforts, and to send a message to criminals that neighbors are paying attention and are prepared to work together to keep each other safe.  Attorney General also attended National Night Out earlier in the summer during her visit to Detroit for the first Justice Forum.

 

Also while in Dallas, the Attorney General will also attend several meetings with rank-and-file officers, hold a roundtable discussion with local police chiefs, and pay respects to the families of those officers that tragically lost their lives in the line of duty last July. 

 

As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to building stronger relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve, the Department of Justice will lead nearly 400 events in support of community policing efforts around the country.  To further that effort, President Obama will designate the week of Oct. 2-8, 2016, as Community Policing Week.  The week is also an extension of the Attorney General’s 12-city Community Policing Tour that highlighted collaborative programs and policing practices designed to advance public safety, strengthen police-community relations, and foster mutual trust and respect between law enforcement and citizens.  National Community Policing Week builds on President Obama’s efforts to engage with law enforcement and other members of the community to implement key recommendations from the 21st Century Policing Task Force report.

 

For more information on National Community Policing Week or the Community Policing Tour, please visit https://www.justice.gov/ag/community-policing-tour.

 

21st CENTURY COMMUNITY POLICING YOUTH FORUM ON FACEBOOK LIVE

 

WHO:           Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch

U.S. Attorney John R. Parker of the Northern District of Texas

Director Ron Davis of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services

Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys

Barry Church of the Dallas Cowboys

                       

WHEN:          MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2016

2:00 p.m. CDT

OPEN PRESS (Media Gather: 1:30 p.m. CDT//Final Access: 2:00 p.m. CDT)

DOJ FACEBOOK LIVE

 

WHERE:       Sunset High School

                        2120 W. Jefferson Boulevard

                        Dallas, TX 75208

 

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT EVENT WITH THE DALLAS POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

WHO:           Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch

U.S. Attorney John R. Parker of the Northern District of Texas

Mayor of Dallas Mike Rawlings

Director Ron Davis of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services

                       

WHEN:          TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016

5:30 p.m. EDT

OPEN PRESS

 

WHERE:       University of North Texas at Dallas

                        7300 University Hills Boulevard

                        Dallas, TX 75241

 

MEDIA AVAILABILITY

 

WHO:            Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch

U.S. Attorney John R. Parker of the Northern District of Texas

Director Ron Davis of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services

                       

WHEN:          TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016

6:00 p.m. EDT

OPEN PRESS

 

WHERE:       University of North Texas at Dallas

                        7300 University Hills Boulevard

                        Dallas, TX 75241

 

NOTE: Time and location are subject to change for the events listed above.  An updated advisory with final times for each event will be issued at the beginning of next week.  Media inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to press@usdoj.gov and Rebecca.L.Stewart@usdoj.gov

 

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Updated October 1, 2016