PPD, NAACP signs 10 shared principles

PPD, NAACP sign a 10 shared principles during a press conference at NAACP headquarters.
PPD, NAACP sign a 10 shared principles during a press conference at NAACP headquarters.(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Nov. 2, 2021 at 5:40 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 NEWS) - Peoria’s NAACP branch and the Peoria Police Department signed the 10 shared principles, a vow between the two organizations to work together to improve the relationships between communities of color and police.

“What I’ve seen the men and women of the Peoria Police Department do is this,” Peoria Police Chief Eric Echevarria said during the press conference.

“Although it might have not been written in this shape or form, this is what they’ve been doing,” he continued. “Now, all we’re doing is putting it down on paper and signing and saying ‘We’re a part of this.’”

The 10 principles form a promise to treat citizens with respect, dignity and fairness, rejecting any discrimination.

“The community relationship between the police and the community have been fractured,” NAACP president Marvin Hightower said.

“The police department is doing their part, now its time for us as a community to step up as well,” he added.

The principles also include diversifying law enforcement, using de-escalation techniques, and working on community policing.

Echevarria said the walk and talks are one example of the police’s efforts to build relationships with the community and hopes it helps cut down on the gun violence.

“We are quietly having these conversations to figure out a way to tap the violence down through our community policing efforts,” Echevarria said.

Echevarria and Hightower stress the end result will not come overnight, but with time and effort, they believe it will help create a safer Peoria.

“We wont ever be, and don’t get me wrong, a zero sum game,” Hightower said.

“That’s just not gonna happen. That’s unrealistic. However, we can make it better as we work together.”

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