by Helen Ly
There is a great opportunity for the Academy at Palumbo students who want to help police officers. The program, Policing for a More Perfect Union is need of students who want to take part in helping officers in training. The program was created by the Police Commissioner, Charles Ramsey, to help police officers understand their rights and the restrictions of it. They learn how important it is to protect people's rights.
You, as a youth, can have the responsibility to communicate to officers about crucial issues that are occurring around the Philadelphia area or even nationally. As Mr. Paul, an English and Journalism teacher, puts it, " The program is suppose to bridge the gap between the youth in Philadelphia and new police recruits." Past news such as the Baltimore riots has greatly shown issues occurring between civilians and police officers. There seems to be a disconnection between youths and police officers because some youths don't feel safe around officers. This program can help mend the issue by coalescing students and police officers to discuss on how the officers can improve Philadelphia and make it a safer environment.
With a group of high school students, you get to converse with police recruits by expressing your opinions about how officers can become venerable officers or any problem in Philadelphia that you wish to address. You get to "[facilitate challenging discussions about real world issues with a diverse group of officers." (Moses, 2015). The program takes place in the National Constitution Center and students who want to join, can leave school and discuss important topics with the officers. After it, you return to school and continue on with your classes. By voicing your opinions, you can make a difference because you'll be in control of how the police will do their duties in the future. You'll get the chance to interact with police officers who want to hear how they, as officers, can turn Philadelphia into a place where youths aren't afraid of officers rather they feel protected by them. Besides addressing the relationship between the youth and officers, the program hopes to create "a stronger and more positive relationship between civilians and the police." (Moses, 2015).
There are many benefits in joining the program. You get to talk to the police department and the workers at the National Constitution Center. It would be a great activity to add to your resume and you'll be surrounded in a positive community where controversial topics can be discussed. The conversations can help provide better communication with officers which can positively impact Philadelphia. If you are interested, you can get in touch with Mr. Paul and tell him about your interest in joining Policing for a More Perfect Union.