DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) - A Grammy-award winning singer is collaborating with police in efforts to repair relations in the community.
“Line of Duty” is a song commissioned by the Dade County Police Benevolent Association in Miami that was released worldwide on Tuesday. Jon Secada, who has won two Grammy awards and sold 20 million albums, performed the single.
“We need to respect and love one another, and that’s why we’re here today,” said PBA President John Rivera during the release.
“It’s an important message,” said Secada. “It’s a message that now more than ever has to be said and lived every single day.”
The song comes amidst strain relations between police and the community. Police-involved shootings have led to retaliation, as police have been targeted in shootings themselves.
“Everyone is responsible,” Secada said. “Citizens are responsible, obviously, but police officers are responsible as well, and that’s the message of the song.”
“Once in a while,” said music producer Joel Someillan, “we get an opportunity as artists to do something that goes beyond entertainment, something that has a higher purpose, and I felt this is one of those.”
According to the Federal Law Enforcement Officer’s Association, 10 officers were shot and killed in the U.S., this November.
“We have to stay highly, highly alert,” said Miami-Dade Police Sgt. Carlos Rosario. “Police officers are being killed and attacked just for the simple fact of wearing the uniform.”
The Dade County Police Benevolent Association and Secada hope this song helps unite police and the people they serve. “There is a line of duty, but everybody touches that line, and so everybody has to respect one another, and through this harmony and through this song, we hope that we can start uniting,” said PBA President John Rivera. “We hope that we can hold hands and sing together, and stop some of the madness that’s been going on in this world.”
The song is available for download through several music services. All proceeds will go to the Love Fund, an organization dedicated to providing help to families of officers killed in the line of duty.
For more information on the Love Fund, click here.
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