Chamber to Host Conversation with Local Police Chiefs

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Provided by Prince William Chamber of Commerce

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In light of the current climate in the news and on social media, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce invites the community to join with them to assess the relationship between law enforcement and the people of Prince William County, the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. The luncheon event, entitled Shield Strong, takes place on Tuesday, October 4, 11:30 a. m.-1:30 p. m. at Old Hickory Golf Club (11921 Chanceford Drive; Woodbridge, VA 22192). Panelists for the event will be Sheriff Glendell Hill, Prince William County Sheriff’s Office; Chief Barry Barnard, Prince William County Police Department; Chief Douglas Keen, Manassas City Police Department and Chief John Evans, City of Manassas Park Police Department.

“Every year, in March, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce hosts the Valor Awards where we honor police, fire and rescue personnel who go above and beyond the call of duty in the name of public safety,” says Chamber President & CEO Debbie Jones. “This is a different sort of event. In a way we are celebrating the men and women who serve and protect this community. But we are also inviting people to engage in a conversation with law enforcement. We want to answer the question: How can we continue to be a standout community and lead the way?”

The four police chiefs will discuss the varying challenges in each jurisdiction and how they must work together to maintain order and peace in the Prince William and Greater Manassas communities. Topics covered will also include trends & challenges in law enforcement; building trust while keeping crime rates down; how the public can work with police; and how the community can support the efforts of law enforcement.

Chamber Chairman C.C. Bartholomew is a realtor with Keller Williams Solutions. To Debbie Jones’ comments she added, “This is what a Chamber does. We bring all of the players to the table and we work together to find solutions. As an business organization we talk a lot about our advocacy for business. But we are also an advocate for a high quality of life for this community. Anyone who is able to join us for this luncheon is encouraged to sign up. It’s a great chance to engage in a conversation that leads to having the kind of community we all want to live in.  If citizens don’t lead the way, then who will?”

Tickets for Shield Strong are $40 for members of the Chamber, $55 for non-members and include a hot buffet lunch. First Command Financial Planning and First Coast Security are the sponsors. To register, visit PWchamber.org or call 703-368-6600.

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