The Bensalem Township Police and Bucks County NAACP have reached an agreement to formally collaborate for public safety. Local leaders and law enforcement signed the agreement Wednesday.
“Both the NAACP Bucks County and Bensalem Township are committed to equal protection of the law for all citizens,” said Karen Downer, President, NAACP Bucks County.
“We have enjoyed a strong relationship with our local NAACP leaders, and we are very pleased to work even more closely in the future to ensure just and caring police protection and service to all of our residents,” said Frederick Harran, Bensalem Director of Public Safety.
The agreement includes, directly from the BTPD:
- A commitment to regular meetings and open dialogue between the NAACP Bucks County and Bensalem Township Police Department leadership;
- Both parties will work together to ensure that Bensalem Police Officers receive regular training that enhances their ability to have effective, respectful, and peaceful interactions with all citizens, including people of color;
- A broader process for intake of any complaints of police misconduct, including the ability of residents to report such complaints to the NAACP Bucks County or to county religious leaders; and,
- Increased transparency regarding the results of police misconduct investigations, including reporting outcomes to the NAACP Bucks County.