The Green Bay Packers have made direct contributions to the local police.
The team announced on Wednesday that it had purchased police security technology for the Green Bay Police Department and contributed $ 757,000 to the police. The team said that with all this, including the bundle package discounts, it cost the franchise $ 1.95 million.
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“As an organization, we are committed to using our platform and providing resources to help achieve racial equality and social justice,” said Mark Murphy, Packers CEO, via the team’s website. “In discussions with our players, community partners and elected officials, we found that supporting this purchase would complement our many other efforts to address injustice in our colored communities. The cameras will also help police more effectively perform their duties. and benefiting the local community. We are proud to partner with Green Bay and Axon to bring this technology to our city to improve public safety and drive meaningful change. “
Murphy told The Washington Post that he hoped to increase the officers’ accountability.
“What areas can you make an impact in,” he said. “The nice thing about the bodycams is that there is pretty much consensus that these are good things. The only people who are against it are bad cops and criminals.”
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“These have been problems for years. Obviously it came to a head a few years ago with Colin Kaepernick and the protest. We’ve always been very supportive of our players. In my mind, for us, the shooting with Jacob Blake happened exactly. in our backyard. For me it was kind of a turning point. We can’t just bring these issues up for discussion. We can’t just make people aware of them. We have to move on. We are in a very privileged position as an organization where we can help influence change. We have a responsibility to do that. “
The Packers team up with Axon. The security plan includes body cameras, in-car cameras, Tasers, and a subscription to other services that Axon uses, according to the team.
“We are deeply grateful to the Green Bay Packers for once again demonstrating their commitment to this community and for supporting our efforts to bring greater transparency and accountability to the police,” said Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich. “This is an important step toward strengthening public safety, and I am honored to lead a community where organizations like ours can come together for the greater good of Green Bay.”
Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith said: “I am confident that Axon’s technology will help our division better serve Green Bay, not only by increasing our efficiency and performance, but also by letting members of the community know that They are protected with live-stream body cameras that escalated our agency from incidents. We serve to build trust, safety and a higher quality of life for everyone here in Green Bay and we are grateful for the Packers’ contribution. “
Davante Adams expressed support for the Packers’ decision in a video.
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In addition, the police will implement Axon’s Replay Coaching, which will help police officers to improve their job. Officer supervisors can use the system to discuss any issues with the officer and make recommendations for the officer to work on, such as “empathy or mental health response training.”