Bensalem Police & NAACP Bucks County Team Up To Increase Training, Recruit Residents of Color, & Increase Transparency | Newtown News of Interest |

The two Bucks County agencies are teaming up to increase public safety and public trust by supporting additional training, transparency and communication. On Wednesday, they will join together at the Bensalem Police Department to formalize their new partnership.


This the first partnership of its kind in Bucks County, said Karen Downer, president of NAACP Bucks County.


"As our communities are re-imagining public safety, we think these kind of relationships throughout the county will connect us with the police a lot better," Downer said.


Both agencies plan to meet shared goals, including:


  • 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


  • Both parties agree to work together to encourage and assist Bensalem residents, especially residents of color, to consider serving the Bensalem Township community by becoming a police officer with the Bensalem Township Police Department


  • 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


  • Increased transparency regarding the results of police misconduct investigations, including reporting outcomes to the NAACP.


Downer hopes to forge similar partnerships with other police departments across Bucks County. Such agreements, she said, "will go a long way to build partnerships where we are comfortable making direct contact with police and having straight forward honest conversations."