The Justice Department announced Thursday morning the creation of a new center that ties in with President Barack Obama‘s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. The National Center for Building Community Trust and Justice will serve as a bridge between law enforcement officials and communities of color in hopes to eliminate racial bias and other damaging factors.
The announcement took place in New York at the Community Oriented Police Services ( COPS) Office Director’s Forum, with associate Attorney General Tony West taking the podium to detail the center’s goals and plans. The gathering included several political figures and community leaders, such as Rev. Al Shaprton and West’s fellow Justice Department colleagues.
West, who is African American, opened up his talk discussing the trials and honor that goes along with being a law enforcement official. He made mention of the growing diversity of the police force and explained how the COPS program has fortified relationships in communities of colors with those paid to protect and serve them.
The meat of the discussion, however, was announcing the creation of the center. The Justice Department is granting close to $5 million to help build the center’s programs.