A Word from the NNSC on Recent Events

by The National Network for Safe Communities , July 2016

The National Network for Safe Communities wants to take this opportunity to support our law enforcement and community partners in light of the devastating series of events in recent weeks. We grieve for the loss of police officers protecting communities in Dallas, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We also grieve for the loss of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and the many others whose lives have been lost during encounters with police.

The NNSC was formed with a commitment to supporting law enforcement and communities as they work together to change practices and policies, address the most serious violence, and strengthen relationships between them.

These tragedies further remind us of the necessity of the work we’re doing to improve public safety, dismantle toxic narratives, and find common ground at a time when many would have us believe police-community relations are beyond repair. Our work with our partners in cities across the country has shown that real progress is possible and that we have more common ground than many realize. 

We write in deep gratitude to all of you for working with us toward a better, safer future. Please look out for more from the NNSC on this in the coming weeks.