RECAP Can Help Fill a Gap in our National Law Enforcement Strategy
Municipalities and law enforcement, from the local to the federal level, realize the faith-based community is critically important in reducing gang violence and must be a part of any violence reduction and community policing strategy.
RECAP events will start a national conversation where state, city or town governments, community organizations, and law enforcement agencies can dialogue with faith-based institutions and work together on how to end the era of violence in their communities. The coalition approach achieves buy-in, can accommodate a range of differing philosophies from conservative to liberal and complements current city law enforcement efforts. Coalitions of this nature have more flexibility than the normal law enforcement models and can respond opportunistically as well as proactively. Because RECAP uses a coalition-building model, there will be no one-size-fits-all template. Instead, RECAP will help communities unite to share resources from police, volunteers and funding from both urban and suburban faith communities; businesses that hire youth; educational institutions that provide academic support — in support of an overall peace building strategy.