Latino police coalition endorses Kenney for mayor
The National Coalition of Latino Officers (NCLO) on Wednesday gave their formal endorsement of Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney, citing his plans to develop police-community relations in the city.
It adds yet another nod to the former city councilman's long list of backers, including the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) lodge in Philadelphia.
“His focus on increasing recruitment diversity, creating a municipal ID program, instituting focused deterrence, and ending arbitrary stop and frisk policies are key to the public safety of Philadelphia. We look forward to working with him to protect and serve this great city," said Antonio Hernandez, president of the NCLO.
With over 20,000 members nationwide, the nonprofit NCLO’s primary mission is to provide a strong, united voice for Latinos in law enforcement. Through its “ambassadors,” the organization oversees community relations both inside and outside Latino communities throughout the U.S.
Kenney's public safety policy proposals include ending certain types of "stop-and-frisk" policing, expanding proven methods like "focused deterrence" to reduce violent crime, and also continuing the use of body cameras on police officers.
"The National Coalition of Latino Officers is a crucial partner in bridging the gap between law enforcement and the communities they serve," Kenney said in a statement. "I am proud to have their endorsement, and I look forward to working with them to ensure that Philadelphians feel safe and respected in every neighborhood."
Republican mayoral nominee Melissa Murray Bailey has not yet released policy proposals on crime, public safety or police-community relations.