New Commission Seeks to Reduce Racial Disparities in Prince William

New Commission Seeks to Reduce Racial Disparities in Prince William

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors recently authorized the creation of a Racial and Social Justice Commission, tasked with examining the state of racial and social justice for people of color in the County.

The Commission, which be made up of  Prince William County residents and staff, will examine ways to reduce racial disparities, treat all  who live here equally and proactively give all residents the chance to fully participate in County programs, services and benefits.

“I’m proud to support Supervisor Franklin in her initiative to create this commission,” said Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye. “We are already leaders in the region when it comes to our Human Rights Commission; it’s time we also became leaders in Truth & Reconciliation on issues of race in our community. The Racial and Social Justice Commission is a citizen-led effort to do just that.”

Board members noted several areas on which they would like the commission to focus, including policing, government services and public education. They expressed a desire for the Prince William County School Board to be involved in the educational component.

Use of force and hiring practices will be included in the Commission’s review of the Prince William County Police Department’s practices and policies.

Additionally, the Commission will study and propose solutions for racial and social justice within the County and create opportunities for discussions with local governments, agencies and organizations. The group will also identify areas of concern and research best practices from other jurisdictions engaged in similar efforts, particularly.

The Commission will submit a report and recommendations to the BOCS for review in December 2021.