U.S. Attorney, U.S. Marshal hold community policing forum in Nampa Oct. 5

U.S. Department of Justice

Idaho’s top federal law enforcement officers, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson and U.S. Marshal Brian Underwood, will lead a community policing forum on Wednesday, October 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the College of Western Idaho Academic Building, second floor atrium, 5500 E. Opportunity Drive in Nampa.

“U.S. Marshal Brian Underwood and I are committed to providing the people we serve with an opportunity to meet and raise concerns with us as federal law enforcement leaders in Idaho,” said Olson in a news release. “We hope that Treasure Valley residents will join us on Wednesday evening to learn more about the outstanding efforts in community policing in Idaho and to help us identify where we need improvement and what we can do better.”

Olson and Underwood also will announce the 14 recipients of the first Excellence in Community Policing Awards.

“We are pleased to be recognizing fourteen officers and agents from three different agencies for their excellence in community policing in the Treasure Valley. These officers have demonstrated a commitment to working with community members and making their neighborhoods and their schools safer and stronger,” said Underwood.

Community policing is a public safety philosophy based on partnership and cooperation between law enforcement and the communities that they are sworn to protect and serve. At the center of community policing is the idea that all members of the community, both officer and civilian, have a stake in the safety of their neighborhoods where they live and work.

Wednesday’s community policing forum in Nampa is one of more than 400 community policing events the Department of Justice is leading throughout the United States this week, which President Barack Obama has designated as National Community Policing Week.

“Strengthening the relationship between law enforcement officers and the communities we serve and protect is one of the top priorities of the Department of Justice and for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Idaho,” said Olson. “The purpose of National Community Policing Week and of our forum at the College of Western Idaho is to foster dialogue, promote cooperation, and help citizens and law enforcement officers get to know one another as partners in our shared efforts to build stronger, safer, and more just communities for every American.”

Cynthia Sewell: 208-377-6428, @CynthiaSewell