Events across Suffolk for 'National Faith & Blue Weekend'

SUFFOLK COUNTY ( / — The long holiday weekend will have the men and women in blue out along with religious leaders across Suffolk County for the first-ever National Faith & Blue Weekend.

Members of the Suffolk County Police Department and religious leaders will host multiple activities for local involvement in this national event aimed at creating safer, more inclusive communities by connecting law enforcement officers and the residents they protect and serve.

The events will feature a variety of activities including a unity walk, art festivals, food drives, community service projects, and round table discussions with clergy.

“Community trust and support is key to the continued success of the Suffolk County Police Department,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. “National Faith & Blue Weekend provides yet another line of direct communication and ensures an open line of dialogue between the department and the community is serves.”

“The department continues to take steps forward in building stronger relationships with our community members,” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart. “I am looking forward to participating in these events and hearing the public’s perceptions of and feelings about the police department. It is imperative that we have the support of our communities to continue to be successful and I believe partnering with our faith-based groups will help build better trust and respect for one another.”

The following organizations are participating in the National Faith & Blue Weekend and all are open to the public:

• The Harbor Church, 25 Frowein Road in Center Moriches, on Friday, Oct. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. Activities include a K-9 demonstration, games for kids, and a BBQ pig roast.

• Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, 1 Malloy St. in Copiague, on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 2 to 6 p.m. Activities include a community service project, art festival, food drive, crucial conversations.

• Tri-Community and Youth Agency, 809 New York Ave. in Huntington Station, on Saturday, Oct. 10 at noon and Monday, Oct. 12 at 5:30 p.m. Activities include round table with clergy.

• First Baptist Church, 175 2nd Ave. in Bay Shore, on Saturday, Oct. 10 from noon to 3 p.m. Activities include a food drive.

• Kings Park Jewish Center, Centerpoint Church, St. Joseph’s Church and Lucien Memorial Lutheran Church, located at Kings Park Village Plaza, on Monday, Oct. 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Activities include an art festival contest, food donation for parish pantries, Cider with the Cops and Clergy, and craft projects.

• St. James Episcopal Church, 260 Beaver Dam Road in Brookhaven, on Monday, Oct. 12 from 2 to 5 p.m. Activities include crucial conversations, an art festival, law enforcement open house, and a community service project.

• Axis Church, Greenway Trail in Port Jefferson Station, on Monday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. Activities include an art festival, community service project, crucial conversations, and a parade/unity walk.

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