Dr. Jackson with Marion County (SC) Sherriff Brian Wallace
Dr. Jackson coordinating humanitarian aide with Department of Homeland Security agents in Puerto Rico
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UNCA Bulk COIVD-19 Bulk Distribution Deployment with Broward Emergency Management, Broward Sherrif's Office, FL VOAD, and Broward Faith-Based Community Care Coalition Partner Pastor Ron Harper.
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UNCA Chaplain Larry Williams led efforts to donate supplies to support Marion County SC Sherriff's Department, Mullins Police Department, Marlboro County Sherriff's Department, Latta Police Department, Maxton Police Department, Red Springs Police Department, and Rowland Police Department.
May 1, 2020
Immediately after deploying nearly 500 tons of resources throughout the COIVD-19 crisis, on June 3, 2020, the United Nations Chaplains Association (“UNCA") mobilized a response to ease national tensions. The civil unrest resulted after the May 25, 2020 death of George P. Floyd, Jr., an African American man who was suffocated after being pinned to the ground by a member of the Minneapolis Police Department. With the broad intent of bringing attention to disparities in community policing, the subsequent protests spread across internationally to become one of the most influential human rights demonstrations of modern times.
The UNCA Police and Community Engagement Initiative was launched to leverage the UNCA's network of interfaith communities, local and federal government agencies, and Non-Government Organizations (NGO's) to establish the long-term infrastructure required to develop relationships between communities and local law enforcement agencies. The initiative promotes well-defined vision, goal setting, priority identification, mapping of stakeholders, facilitation, and deployment of a long-term redevelopment plan. The UNCA initiative endeavors to preserve life, protect, serve, and ensure the success of communities.
In addition to the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service’s Strengthening Police and Community Partnerships (“SPCP”) program, the UNCA operates under the "Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management" protocol outlined by the Department of Homeland Security for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives (“DHS Center"). The DHS Center encourages on-going collaboration between faith-based organizations, law enforcement, emergency managers, subject matter experts in religious literacy, and cultural competencies throughout times of disaster.
Since 2016, the UNCA has supported social stability by acting as a bridge between citizens, NGOs, faith communities, and government agencies to identify issues of concern, assess and fulfill community needs, secure strategic alliances and support, ensure lines of communication, and promote accountability. Throughout its COVID-19 Pandemic Response Initiative, the UNCA demonstrated the value of its partnership with local law enforcement agencies through the sharing of critical information, mobilization, and training of community leaders, securing of essential goods (sanitizer, masks, kits) of strategic delivery of goods and resources ("Points of Distribution Sites" or "PODS"). The partnership led to high community morale throughout the UNCA's communities of concentration.
Phase One: From June 8, 2020, through June 8, 2021, the UNCA is facilitating strategic partnerships between local law enforcement agencies, non-government organizations (NGO’s), faith-based organizations (FBO's), public agencies, and community stakeholders, to strengthen relations and establish mutual understanding and collaboration, and communication. The UNCA is actively:
Establishing or strengthening Memorandums of Understanding (MOU's) with local law enforcement agencies, emergency managers, city managers, and NGOs: During Phase One, the UNCA is focusing on deploying within the following counties: Broward(FL), Dade (FL), Duval (FL), Nassau(FL), Marion (FL), Orange (FL), Dillion (SC), Marion (SC), Florence (SC), Marlboro (SC), Robeson (NC).
Establishing Community Care Coalitions ("CCC"): The UNCA is supporting communities by creating ties of friendship between local law enforcement agencies and CCC's. Comprised of multiple local interfaith organizations and community stakeholders possessing social service solutions, the UNCA established CCC's are formed for the single purpose of streamlining community resources.
Establishment and Mobilization of Police and Community Engagement Initiatives: The UNCA is supporting local law enforcement agencies in establishing relationships with CCC's and community stakeholders through joint-activities (i.e., community walks, revitalization projects, neighborhood councils, etc.), allowing for shared social-responsibilities between public, private, and faith-based organizations.
Establishing Youth Risk-Reduction Programs: The UNCA is supporting CCC's and their local law enforcement agencies in deploying collaborative efforts to reduce adverse actions to local youth through the deployment social services (i.e., shelter, food, counseling, mentoring, transportation, etc.)
Establishing Disaster Management Infrastructure: The UNCA is leveraging its National and State Volunteers Organizations Active in Disaster ("VOAD") partners and emergency management network to support (training, infrastructure development, logistics, resources, etc.) CCC's and their local law enforcement agencies in establishing successful partnerships to mitigate the impact of natural and man-made disasters on their communities.
The UNCA's success is predicated on advanced preparation and effective partnerships. As a contact and facilitation point for hundreds of agencies, the UNCA is only as strong as the network that supports it. The UNCA is actively meeting with local law enforcement agencies and community leaders interested in collaborating to benefit this initiative.
Chaplain Brenda Ferebee and Chaplain Larry Williams Distribution to Rowland Police Department
COVID Response May 2020
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