Talking it Through: Teen-Police Relations

Talking it Through: Improving police-youth relations

I have been rather harsh with the NYPD on stop and frisk. Now this new video (featuring, incidentally, retired police officers and not those currently employed) gets to the core of what I have been talking about with regard to “unconditional respect.” One of the characteristics of good (great?) police officers is that they LISTEN.
These are factors that are prominent in my new book.

So, take a moment to watch “Talking it Through,” a new video about police-youth relations created by the Center for Court Innovation Youth Justice Board, an after-school program that seeks to bring the voices of young people into public policy making in New York City.

The Youth Justice Board identified improving trust among teens and police as a crucial component to enhancing public safety in Brownsville and other high-crime New York City neighborhoods.  And, of course, trust is strongly correlated with respect.

The teenage participants in the program made “Talking it Through” to help stimulate thoughtful conversation about this important topic.

This is a great model of youth/police engagement worthy of replication. If you are interested in learning more about the Youth Justice Board, contact Greg Berman, Director of the Center for Court Innovation

To see the seven minute video and to learn more about Children’s Mental Health Network click here.

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I served over 20 years as the chief of police in Madison (WI), four years as chief of the Burnsville (MN) Police Department, and before that as a police officer in Edina (MN) and the City of Minneapolis. I hold graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota and Edgewood College in Madison. I have written many articles over my years as a police leader calling for police improvement (for example, How To Rate Your Local Police, and with my wife, Sabine, Quality Policing: The Madison Experience). After retiring from the police department, I answered a call to ministry, attended seminary, and was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. At the present time, I serve a small church in North Lake (WI), east of Madison. Sabine and I have nine adult children, eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is also a retired police officer and we both continue active lives.

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