Peace Week event brings teens, police together for dialogue

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peace-week-dialogueA series of Police and Youth Dialogues are scheduled this week to coincide with the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Week Celebrations.

The first event takes place tonight January 13. With the two additional dialogues following on January 14, and 20. All events are from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Park Recreation Center, 1950 Lemon Avenue.

“It is events like this that remove the barriers that prevent the unity in the word “community”, said 6th District Councilmember Dee Andrews.

The purpose of the dialogues is to improve communication and develop positive relationships between teens and police officers. Youth ages fourteen to eighteen are invited to participate in the Police/Youth Dialogues all three evenings.

“Something very special happens when officers and youth are given the opportunity to talk to one another in a safe environment—they begin to recognize one another’s humanity. This is a win/win for everyone involved,” states Rene Castro, Vice-President of Programs for CCEJ.

For more information or to register for the Police / Youth Dialogues, contact Rene Castro at 562-435-8184

The funding for the Police/Youth Dialogues is provided by the U.S. Department of Justice through the City of Long Beach DHHS Weed and Seed Program.  The Long Beach Weed and Seed Strategy aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse and gang activity in Central Long Beach. The Weed and Seed Strategy is a community-based, comprehensive, multi-agency approach to law enforcement, crime prevention, and neighborhood restoration.


One Response to “Peace Week event brings teens, police together for dialogue”
  1. Toya says:

    This is a great idea that should be in every city. Great way to let peace begin within…