SOURCE: U.S. Conference of Mayors

U.S. Conference of Mayors

August 10, 2016 10:30 ET

Mayors Across the Country Are Making Strides in Strengthening Police-Community Relations

The U.S. Conference of Mayors Releases 49-City Report Highlighting Local Efforts

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - August 10, 2016) - Mayors across the country have undertaken significant efforts to further strengthen police/community relations, a new report of 49 cities released today from The U.S. Conference of Mayors shows.

The report finds that in response to the tragic shootings in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas that rocked the nation in early July, mayors have engaged police chiefs, local leaders and others in community conversations on race and policing, including other activities intended to improve the relationship between the police and communities they serve.

In undertaking these efforts, mayors and other local leaders are responding to President Barack Obama's July 13 call to all Americans -- no matter who they are or where they live -- to do whatever they can to foster community conversations on race relations, justice, policing, and equality.

Today the U.S. Conference of Mayors is releasing a report that describes such efforts in 49 cities in 30 states that submitted information to the organization. Some of these efforts were initiated specifically in response to the President's call and the needs of community members to come together at a difficult time; others have been underway for some time.

"This report shows that mayors are stepping up to the challenge that the recent shootings have posed to their communities," said Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran. "They are working with police chiefs, other local officials, clergy, and other community leaders during this difficult period, examining their local situation, listening to their residents, and working in partnership with them to strengthen police/community relations," he continued.

On July 13 President Obama asked The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities to help make these conversations occur -- in 100 cities in 30 days. The Conference and NLC agreed to do this and have been working with the White House to encourage mayors and other local officials to convene community conversations. As of today 105 cities have told our two organizations that community conversations and other activities have occurred and/or are planned.

Cities included in The Conference of Mayors report are:

Anchorage AK
Little Rock AR
Phoenix AZ
Anaheim CA
Fontana CA
San Jose CA
San Leandro CA
Torrance CA
Denver CO
Greeley CO
East Hartford CT
Hallandale Beach FL
Orlando FL
Sunrise FL
Tallahassee FL
West Palm Beach FL
Macon GA
Champaign IL
Evanston IL
Highland Park IL
Gary IN
Wichita KS
Louisville KY
New Orleans LA
Newton MA
Baltimore MD
Portland ME
Westland MI
Burnsville MN
Mooresville NC
Salisbury NC
Albuquerque NM
Albany NY
Akron OH
Toledo OH
Youngstown OH
Oklahoma City OK
Gresham OR
Pittsburgh PA
Columbia SC
Sumter SC
Clarksville TN
Gallatin TN
Knoxville TN
Nashville TN
Houston TX
Killeen TX
Salt Lake City UT
Shoreline WA

About The United States Conference of Mayors -- The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1,400 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/usmayors, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/usmayors.

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