Stratford PAL’s PEP Program Recognized
Considered A National Model
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal was in Stratford Saturday, April 10th. Senator Blumenthal presented a certificate of special recognition from the United States Senate to Stratford Police Chief Joe McNeil and the Police Activities League for their Police Engagement Program (PEP).
The program, which is now serving as a national model for making police stops safer, focuses on de-escalation techniques for officers and civilians, building trust between law enforcement and the community, recognizing implicit bias and how it effects policing and the success of police/community relations and the importance of empathetic and compassionate law enforcement.
Members of PEP are: Sergeant James Lofton, Executive Director, Lieutenant Curtis Eller, Director, Erin McLaughln, PAL Community Coordinator.
STRATFORD P.A.L. Statement of Purpose:
The Stratford Police Department recognizes that we must do more than just enforce the law. We must build and maintain positive relationships with the people we serve, especially our youth. We hope that strong police-community relations will in turn make Stratford a more united and safer community. We strongly believe that PAL should not just focus on sports, but on youth enrichment, education and leadership.
We hope you all are doing well and staying safe during the stress of the Covid-19 Pandemic
Just a reminder that we are all in this together! #bettertogether