The Unity Network Mission Statement:
The Unity Network’s mission is to unify community stakeholders beyond, race, gender, religion, or class with the end goal of creating communities that are healthy physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.
1. Bring together the local police department with the local churches, the local coaches, and the local schools to create unity and to strengthen the community.
2. To strengthen and build up the local community to care for their own and encourage self-management of community members in order to become healthier socially, emotionally, and spiritually.
3. To bring police together with the church to encourage community policing and understanding between the community church leaders and the community police officers.
4. To engage the youth in sports and extracurricular activities within the local community with community members to strengthen the sense of unity and family within the community; involving the church and police offers in the extracurricular activities to foster trust between the community, the church, and the police department.
5. To bring the community back into the schools, encouraging the teachers, students, and administration. Engaging the church and police officers with the students to encourage trust, and emotional and spiritual growth which will in turn lower the crime rate and strengthen the health of the community overall.
Using the combination of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (McLeod), research by Ruby Payne (Payne), and the 4-C’s initiative by Coach Patrick Brown, we have created a plan to bring together the “pocket” communities within major cities to encourage unity, engagement, and communication between the cops, churches, coaches, and counselors [the 4-C’s]. Through intentional, structured networking, we believe that these smaller segments of communities can successfully end discrimination, and the segregation of the fringe or minority segments of society.
1. Define the Neighborhood Police Officer’s (NPO) beat.
2. Within that boundary, define the churches that are located within and serve the community.
3. Within that boundary, establish the high schools and subsequent feeder schools that service the youth.
4. Within that boundary, establish the programs and organizations (sport and other extracurricular activities) that service the youth.
Once these are defined:
1. Bring together the NPO/cops, church leaders, coaches, and counselors from each of the four points listed above.
2. Encourage, through interaction and communication, trust between these four points.
3. These four points can act as references, support, and aides for each other.
a. For example: A NPO sees a single mother with multiple children. She is struggling to keep a roof over their head and food in the fridge. The NPO can reach out to the church for support for the mother (food, day care, prayer, possible financial resource). The church can reach out to the coach to provide a healthy outlet for the kids and get them off the street while being supervised and mentored. The coach can reach out to the school counselor to investigate government support (free/ reduced lunches and after school care). By utilizing this healthy network, the mother and her kids are supported by providing for their basic needs. The community is supported by giving the kids healthy, positive resources which reduce crime. The kids will see the love and value of their community and will have a higher chance of giving back to their community and being successful in their individual lives.
4. The members will become more aware of who their NPO, church leaders, coaches, and neighbors are. By engaging the members in the community, there will be less need for police ‘interference’.
5. When any of the players in these four points change, the others can encourage and mentor the new persons as to who the community is. They can make introductions and bring them up to speed. This will make the greatest difference with community policing. When rookie officers come into a community, they will be actively engaged with the community so as to break down any cultural, racial, or religious barriers that make be ingrained in that officer.
The Unity Network, when established and maintained properly, will encourage a familial relationship within pocket communities of major cities. The network will foster trust and positive relationships between the police, churches, community leaders, youth coaches, and local schools. Through these continued relationships, the unrest in our nation will subside and peace will be allowed to be nurtured and grow