Press Release

White House Unveils Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners:

Law enforcement and government officials for decades have understood the critical importance of
building relationships, based on trust, with the communities they serve. Partnerships are vital to address
a range of challenges and must have as their foundation a genuine commitment on the part of law
enforcement and government to address community needs and concerns, including protecting rights
and public safety.

In our efforts to counter violent extremism, we will rely on existing partnerships that
communities have forged with Federal, State, and local government agencies. This reliance, however,
must not change the nature or purpose of existing relationships. In many instances, our partnerships
and related activities were not created for national security purposes but nonetheless have an indirect
impact on countering violent extremism (CVE).

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