It has been over two years since my husband, Greg Alia, was shot and killed in the line of duty. When he died, there was a negative focus on law enforcement and a divisiveness that permeated throughout the country. This divisiveness deeply impacted me when Greg died, and made me feel as if his service and sacrifice were not valued. It led me to start Heroes in Blue as a way to raise awareness of the positive acts of service that so often go unnoticed in our communities.
I am proud of all that we have accomplished over the past two years through Heroes in Blue. However, I know there is much work left to be done. The divisiveness that impacted me two years ago continues to grow and the pain left in its wake is not mine alone. It threatens the well-being of police officers and citizens alike.
I believe that we can take action to end this divisiveness and that we can do so by creating connections between the people who are called to serve our community, both citizens and police officers, because I believe that when police and community come together, we ignite improvements in well-being for everyone.
To propel us into this next phase of work, I’m pleased to announce that we are refining our mission to put more emphasis on the partnerships that empower, build trust, and create lasting impact. We’re updating our name from Heroes in Blue to better reflect this expanded position to: