Could the officers share a couple of the lessons learned or insights gained, with some specificity, by their interactions with HS students.

Young people have something important to say. We learn more about them through conversation. For example – 3 officers met with 3 African American male students at the high school. Students asked questions and officers were able to offer explanations and let them know they were empathetic to the young men’s concerns.

The students left with a better understanding of what officers go through. In addition, the officers gained a better understanding of the young peoples’ perceptions. Everyone agreed at the end of the evening that honest and open communication can be extremely beneficial to the betterment of the relationship. Parents that observed were pleased with the interaction.

There are also visits by officers to the high school football practice, just to converse with the young men.

These types of exercises establish relationships. Research shows that through communication there is a correlative decline in allegations of bias based policing. Our Department understands that establishing these relationships and links in the community will allow us to become more successful and legitimized to our community as a police department.

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1. How can you make City officials more accessible to community?
2. Can the police be more proactive? Could this presentation be done for the community more broadly? [Continued]
3. How do we create a police department that engages the community and lessens the divide? [Continued]
4. The SHDC meets regularly with the merchants in the district, I don't believe the police have acted on the recommendation made months ago to join that group.
5. We hear a lot about what parents tell their Black children about how to interact with the police to hopefully stay safe, but I would like to hear from the police ... [Continued]
6. Would it be possible for our officers to be more proactive? [Continued]
7. Could the officers share a couple of the lessons learned or insights gained, with some specificity, by their interactions with HS students.
8. How will the community be made aware of specific changes to policing policies?
9. I didn’t hear about any recruiting from Shaker Heights High School - could that be a pipeline we work with?
10. Marty and Tim and the only community engagement officers referred to and they are both black. Why?
11. We need more of this relationship-building work; could that happen? What is needed to encourage this? What barriers prevent it from happening?
12. Is there a plan to continue outreach to teens if/when schools go online only?