On Tuesday evening, Radnor Township Police Department participated in the 4th Annual Race for Peace Meet & Greet event at the King of Prussia Mall. Given COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, area law enforcement agencies took advantage of the warm weather and proudly displayed their SUV’s and motorcycles in front of the main mall entrance, set up tables with informational handouts and casually chatted with shoppers as they passed by. Some exchanged pleasantries and enjoyed the freebies, others were interested in sharing candid conversations about policing and racism.
The event saw regional law enforcement, government officials, clergy and community organizers come together to demonstrate a shared commitment to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve. “Police departments were looking for a mechanism to tell the story of the importance of the relationship law enforcement shares with the local community. Andrew Howell was the starting point”, said Radnor Township Superintendent of Police, Christopher B. Flanagan. “Andrew helped those of us at the local or borough level to unite and engage with the community. In Radnor Township, we are proud of our community engagement and it’s an effort we want to make. Race for Peace takes these communication efforts to a new level in partnership with neighboring police departments.”
Howell founded The Race for Peace with the goal of enriching the lives of residents in all communities through programming, resources and activities for the family to reach an understanding between law enforcement and the communities they serve. His mission is to revitalize the community through enrichment and outreach programs and to maintain a collective voice and sharing of ideas with the goal of creating an atmosphere of peace that encourages good citizenship. “The truth is with the youth. We are proactive in the fight against discrimination, racism and violence. This event today illustrates the solution which is to bridge the gap between the community and law enforcement,” said Howell.
“These are the Great 8,” said Howell of the eight police superintendents in attendance at the Meet & Greet on Tuesday evening. “Racial peace is a highly sophisticated way of community policing. These Great 8 are committed to more community meetings, to passing the baton to the youth, to the concept that racism can end if we stop talking about it and begin to do something about it. The Race for Peace Committee is simply the messenger.”
While the Race for Peace is a nonprofit organization with 501c3 status, they do not actively solicit donations. Rather they encourage communication and relationship building through civic engagement, community participation and grass roots events. “Race For Peace represents anti violence, race relations and unity amongst our communities. We welcome new ideas, folks from all races, denominations and walks of life. Our organization provides the chance for all types of people to unite in a shared commitment to peace. Our promise is to foster better understanding, communication and trust,” said Howell.
For more information on Radnor Township Police Department Community Engagement, please contact Radnor Township Superintendent of Police Christopher Flanagan at email@example.com. For more information on Race For Peace, please visit www.Race-for-Peace.org or contact Andrew Howell at firstname.lastname@example.org.