Keeping It Real

By: Anna Smithson
By: Anna Smithson

The Warren County Bowling Green N.A.A.C.P. and Bowling Green Police Department want to make a connection with area youth in part two of their Keeping It Real series with the community.

"A session is needed where we (Bowling Green Police Department) can sit down, try to get to know one another a lot better and see if there's anything we can do to bridge communications between the police and the youth," said Officer Walker of the Bowling Green Police Department.

The main focus of Keeping It Real is to strengthen relationships between the police and the local youth. The Bowling Green Police Department feels if they reach these teens before they make their first mistake then they can prevent them from living a life of crime.

"I came here just to make a change and help everybody else know the situation of cops and know that you can be friends with cops," said participant Andre Graham.

The teens who sat on the panel today also felt that they made a difference.

"More guys and girls will be responsible and think before they act when they talk to the police or if an incident happens," said participant Andre Graham.

Walker said this event is also good for the police to show another side of themselves that many of these teens sometimes don't see.

"It is very gratifying to see them come here and wanting to make a difference in their lives," Walker said.


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