Dialogue Program (“Cops and Kids”)
The Cops and Kids Program brings police and young people together in a neutral, respectful setting for conflict resolution skills training and a facilitated, structured dialogue focusing on the relationship between cops and kids.
Since 1994, the CUNY DRC and the Dispute Resolution Program at John Jay College in a unique partnership with the Westside Crime Prevention Program has been piloting the project with NYC officers from the 24th Precinct and students from two nearby middle schools. Nearly 240 NYC students have attended conflict resolution training sessions and participated in dialogue sessions with police. Similarly, dozens of police officers from the kids’ local precincts have had the opportunity to meet with young people, exposing them to the “person behind the badge.”
The Cops and Kids program received national attention when it was featured on the NBC Weekend Nightly News. The Cops and Kids Progam also appeared on Fox 5 Good Day New York and has been the subject of numerous articles in national and local newspapers.
The CUNY DRC has also received additional support from the NYS State Attorney General’s Juvenile Crime Prevention Program and the Allstate Foundation to expand the Cops and Kids Program to elementary schools as well as other middle schools.
For more information contact Dr. Maria R. Volpe, Convener, CUNY DRC at (212) 237- 8693
Officers demonstrate police equipment to students at
Booker T. Washington middle school on Manhattan’s upper West Side