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Bridging the Gap Overload!


Last week has been a busy one for the Office of Youth and Community programs!

Pumpkin Painting Party – 10/24 A few officers from our local precinct, PSA 1 originally came to us with a list of ideas for events centered on neighborhood policing. The first event we were able to collaborate for was the Pumpkin Painting Party on Tuesday. Our Mural room was decorated with Halloween décor and different activity stations that included, face painting, pumpkin painting and a games like pin the tail on the cat. Every child was able to leave with a pumpkin, candy bag, coloring book and bookmark. In addition our Mock Court room was transformed in to a spooky CarnEVIL themed room where we scared the mess out of kids, teens and our bravest of staff members. Many Justice Center staff members went in together and were so excited to go in and get spooked out.

Lunch with Officers - 10/25 Apart of our Bridging the Gap Series: Youth, Community & Police we are now working with local schools to develop relationships between students and officers. A new addition in our series includes “Lunch with Officers” in which students and officers have lunch together and get to know one another in a classroom. On Wednesday 10/25 four officers from our local precinct PSA 1 went to the Urban Assembly School of Law and Justice and met with high school students during lunch. The conversations covered many topics including both of the officers and student’s interests, hobbies, backgrounds and perspective careers. It is yet another fun and creative way to foster relationships!   
                


Bridging the Gap: On the Road - 10/26 Lastly, on 10/26 we headed to Sunset Park, Brooklyn and teamed up with local residents, students and officers to bring our Bridging the Gap Series on the road. We had over 50 youth and parents attend, and about 20 officers from the 72nd and PSA1 precincts. This is the first time leaving Red Hook with this idea and it went very well. We reverted to our first style, with a short ice breaker and circle style, discussions and every 10-15 minutes would rotate officers so that everybody could interact with all the officers. Chief Rodney Harrison of NYPD was in attendance and even humbly joined in the activities.  To conclude we played a fun hula hoop game and all came together to debrief and received great feedback from both the officers and participants. We will definitely be visiting Sunset Park again along with other communities with our series! 

We would also like to give many thanks to everyone who played a part in this week’s events! Thank you all and everyone who donated to the events, we really appreciate it.

Stay tuned for our upcoming events!!! #TeamWorkMakesTheDreamWork #GoRedHook


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