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IACP and FOP join forces to address gun policy and community violence

May 30, 2022  By Blue Line Staff

May 27, 2022 – Far too many communities are plagued by violence. The recent horrific attacks in Texas, New York, California and too many other communities to list makes clear that no place is immune from violence. The victims and their families serve as a stark and tragic reminder of the need for concerted action and a whole of community approach. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), which represent America’s chiefs and the majority of rank-and-file officers, believe that it is imperative that they address gun violence and identify workable solutions in order to dramatically reduce the numbers of Americans killed from unprovoked and unspeakable violence.

The IACP and FOP have a record of success in working together to find solutions on difficult issues. When these organizations work together, as they did with the First Step Act and President Biden’s recent Executive Order on policing, they made real and significant progress. But their organizations cannot do it alone. It will require the commitment of leaders and elected officials at all levels, support from the community, and a willingness to embrace new approaches.

They are committed to working together with any and all interested parties which share their goal to enact effective and lasting change to build a safer future for our children, neighbours, fellow citizens, and the police officers that serve and protect all of our communities.

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