Norman Police Invite Community to take part in Police Training Institute’s Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Town Hall Meeting

Date of Press Release: 
Thu, 12/06/2018
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

The Police Training Institute’s Fight Crimes: Invest in Kids Program is set to hold a town hall meeting focused on bridging the gap between youth and police relations in Norman. The town hall meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Norman Public Schools Administration Building, 131 S. Flood Avenue. Food will be provided. The event is held in partnership with the Norman Police Department, Bridges and the Citizens Police Academy Alumni of Norman.

The Norman Police Department began a partnership with The Police Training Institute by beginning its Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Program in October. The objective of the partnership is to provide the agency with additional tools that can assist with its daily interactions with the youth in the Norman community. NPD is the first and only agency in Oklahoma to take part in the specialized training.  

In existence since 2016, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids uses a two-phase approach to develop and implement training for police agencies. The first phase involves research on the department’s current youth engagement and community outreach efforts. In the second phase, program personnel customize model training plans for a comprehensive curriculum. The result is a program that educates the agency and engages youth to bridge the gaps between law enforcement and the community.

Information from the town hall meeting will be paired with other research collected through site visits, listening sessions, and ride-alongs to allow the Police Training Institute to craft a 16-hour law enforcement curriculum focusing on topics such as adolescent brain development, de-escalation skills and techniques, implicit bias barriers, and trauma-informed response protocols. Norman police will take part in the training in late December.

“Engaging youth is an investment in our future,” said Norman Police Chief Keith Humphrey. “It’s our hope that conversations like this and training based on best practices and research can help us connect in a positive manner with our community leaders of tomorrow.”

To register for the event, go to www.eventbrite.com and search Norman Police + Youth Town Hall. Questions regarding the town hall event can be directed to Juan Cloy, Police Training Institute Community Outreach Coordinator, at 620-720-7119 or jcloy@fightcrime.org as well as NPD Officer Ali Jaffery at 405-366-5279 or ali.jaffery@normanok.gov.