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September 21 2016

Operation HOPE Announces New Clinton Global Initiative “Commitment To Action” to Address Economic Stress of Law Enforcement Personnel and the Communities they Serve

·       The new Commitment To Action, entitled, “Community Trust: Engaging Support of Law Enforcement,” was announced today at the Clinton Global Initiative 2016 Annual Meeting—the Clinton Foundation’s final conference

·       The commitment will create a national community partnership model focused on healing and positive engagement that will deliver Operation HOPE’s financial literacy and empowerment programming and counseling services to support law enforcement personnel and the residents they serve

·       The community partnership model will be implemented in four U.S. cities over the next year to help address the call for greater engagement and accountability of police, particularly in urban, underserved neighborhoods

·       The model is based on an existing framework constructed through the establishment of HOPE Inside Atlanta Police Department (APD)

NEW YORK – Sept. 20, 2016 – Global financial dignity and economic empowerment nonprofit, Operation HOPE, Inc., will spearhead a national initiative to address economic stress faced by law enforcement personnel, and by extension, the residents they serve. The community partnership program is defined in a new Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment To Action announced at the CGI 2016 Annual Meeting. The commitment, entitled, “Community Trust: Engaging Support of Law Enforcement,” will focus on deploying an empowerment model in four U.S. cities with the goal of building community trust and positive engagement with local law enforcement personnel, in light of pervading disconnection and conflict, specifically in disenfranchised areas. The cornerstone of the model is Operation HOPE’s financial literacy and empowerment programming to provide support to law enforcement personnel and the communities they serve.

“This commitment will bring restoration and uplift; addressing so much of what is broken within our communities—essentially the lack of equity, lack of jobs, and lack of opportunity, that plague underserved areas and manifest as crime, hopelessness, and discord,” said Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, John Hope Bryant. “We are proud of the HOPE Inside APD partnership, and look forward to installing this extended model in communities around the country as a solution to the financial stress shared by law enforcement personnel and local residents.”

Established in May 2016, HOPE Inside APD, which was developed through a partnership between Operation HOPE, the Atlanta Police Department (APD), and Atlanta Police Foundation, and sponsored by SunTrust Banks and the Economic Development Administration, is the first alliance for a HOPE Inside within a U.S. Police Department. Incorporation of the HOPE Inside program at Atlanta’s Public Safety Headquarters has delivered credit and money management counseling, homeownership coaching, and foreclosure prevention assistance, to support APD employees and their families.

Operation HOPE will collaborate with additional law enforcement agencies, with support from financial institutions and community partners, to frame an expanded ‘community partnership office model,’ which will not only serve the specific needs of sworn and support law enforcement personnel, but also help build community trust and positive engagement by providing financial literacy and empowerment services to local residents. 

The community partnership model will be constructed to provide the following services to the community: (1) Free financial literacy and financial counseling services, on a request basis, to residents; (2) Free HOPE financial counseling seminars and workshops at the request of local law enforcement officers or community leaders; and (3) Free financial counseling/coaching resources to domestic abuse victims within the community, in partnership with local domestic abuse organizations.  

Operation HOPE is actively recruiting law enforcement agencies to pilot the community engagement model. Implementation of the commitment begins in September 2016 and extends through the end of 2017.

“This partnership office model is an enormous step towards extending community engagement and repair,” Bryant said. “The way forward is establishing non-enforcement community connections to build and maintain lasting relationships based on common trust, economic inclusion, and advancement for all.”

The CGI 2016 Annual Meeting is the Clinton Foundation’s last conference. John Hope Bryant is a CGI founding member, and Operation HOPE has spearheaded 18 commitments over the past 11 years.

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About Operation HOPE

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been moving America from civil rights to "silver rights" with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved. Through its core programs, the nonprofit has provided financial dignity and economic empowerment to over 2.6 million individuals worldwide, and $2 billion in economic activity for the disenfranchised—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners and minimum wage workers into living wage consumers.  Project 5117 is HOPE’s multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve financial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth, and stabilize the American dream by boosting credit scores. Operation HOPE recently received its second consecutive 4-star charity rating for fiscal management and commitment to transparency and accountability by the prestigious non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator—further establishing it as a best-in-class organization. For more information: www.OperationHOPE.org. Follow Operation HOPE on Facebook and Twitter @OperationHOPE.

About Clinton Global Initiative

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together 190 sitting and former heads of state, more than 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,500 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.