It’s safe to say Hip Hop Family Day was one of our all-time favorite events EVER! Thank you to Fat Rat da Czar and the Love, Peace and Hip Hop team for your warm welcome and thank you to our AWESOME volunteers, especially Richland County deputies Kellye and Kelly and Forest Acres officer Alex, for bringing the fun!
We were SO thankful for the support from Dynamic Health and Fitness in West Columbia! On April 22, they put on an outstanding event in support of Heroes In Blue. Check out our photos to see more of the fun! THANK YOU DYNAMIC HEALTH AND FITNESS!
Thank you also to Lexington County Sheriff’s Department for your outstanding help. While we were there, we heard a powerful story from Deputy Greg Carr. He shared about a time when he and another deputy pitched in to buy a young boy in need shoes. This is just one example of why we do what we do!
Also, a HUGE HUGE thanks to our outstanding team! Laura, Lauren, Jessica, Adianne, Brandi and Allen – y’all are rockstars. We couldn’t do this without you!
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We were honored to join Richland County Sheriff’s Department for the Mardis Gras Prom for students with special needs on Friday March 24! Brandie and Kory from Forest Acres Police Dept volunteered for #HeroesInBlue.
Heroes In Blue is currently a 100% volunteer run organization and our team is continually growing with passionate, creative individuals.
On Wednesday March 8th, our volunteer team met. Our goal was to continue our brainstorming about creative ways to connect police and community. At the meeting, we began by discussing the vision for Heroes In Blue and in particular our Compassionate Acts Grant Program. The program will fund police-driven initiatives to build relationships with the community. It will also be designed to share more positive stories and eventually develop a database of best practices in community policing.
To help guide our brainstorming, we dove into a rich discussion around a few of the current challenges and opportunities experienced by police. Katie Jasak of Richland County Sheriff’s Department was on hand to share about her experiences trying to reach out to communities in greatest need. She shared the positives – the people who were thankful – and also the challenges.
We talked about trust and entering communities who are wary of police. We talked about the importance of connecting with the non-English speaking and immigrant community. David Burns with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department shared his experiences in schools. He shared that he was able to make change happen “one parent at a time.” The way he did it? By asking, “How can I help you?” David was one of our Knight of Honor nominees.
Change doesn’t happen overnight and it certainly doesn’t happen in one meeting. Through these discussions, we are working towards developing a shared understanding of what the needs are and how we as a movement can respond. As one of our volunteers said, we will keep “growing the army:” An army armed with love, compassion and a commitment to change.
Want to become a part of the movement? Find our group, Heroes In Blue Volunteers, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Kassy Alia, President