Youth Police Dialogues
*Chelsea Police Department partners with YW Boston in bringing Youth/Police Dialogues to Chelsea. Youth are teamed with police officers for several weeks and are guided in activities that can heal broken trust and build ongoing police-community relationships.
Over the course of four to six Dialogues sessions, highly trained facilitators lead a group of youth and officers in:
- Voicing and addressing negative experiences and stereotypes
- Exploring how youth-police relationships affect community safety
- Building more trusting personal relationships
Through Youth/Police Dialogues, conflict between youth and police is reduced as understanding, trust, and cooperation increase.
Youth that participate in the Dialogues series report:
- Increased comfort in talking to police
- Increased sense of safety having police in their neighborhood
- Greater willingness to report a crime
Police officers that participate in the Dialogues series report:
- Increased consciousness of racial dynamics
- Greater effort to interact youth outside of conflict settings
- Incorporating learning from the series into their policing
Youth Police Initiatives
This Program brings at-risk youth together with police officers to share personal stories, meals, and let their guards down long enough to have the difficult and honest discussions that are necessary in order for real change to take place.
YPI began in Baltimore, then went to New York, and then into Boston’s challenging Franklin Field Public Housing Development, which had some of the worst homicide and violence statistics in the nation. Officer Sammy Mojica was instrumental in bringing YPI to Chelsea.
YPI hosts a series of workshops that seeks to break down mistrust between police and inner city youth. Officers from various cities break bread with youth and develop lasting relationships that help them down the road.
Participant quote- “There’s a lot of one-on-one relationships between teenagers and officers throughout YPI, a lot of personal stories. You get to learn about how they grew up and how much alike we are.”
Christmas Toy Drive
Every year the Chelsea Police Department partners with the Salvation Army and ensures the delivery of over 100 toys for deserving children donated by department personnel. Members of the CPD Administration team and the Community Services Division coordinate this heartwarming effort ensuring that kids receive more joy in their holiday season.
Police Athletic League (PAL)
The mission of the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities League and its chapters is to work to promote the prevention of juvenile crime and violence by building relationships among kids, cops and community through positive engagement. The Chelsea PAL program works closely with schools and community-based organizations to connect young people in low-income neighborhoods with responsible adults in school and during their out-of-school time.
The overall goal of PAL’s programming is to involve youth in meaningful activities that will counter some of the negative forces in their lives and give them greater opportunities for future success.
To learn more about how you can support the Chelsea Police Department PAL program, please contact Dave Batchelor at (617) 466-4831.
Every year, students from Chelsea High School with an interest in careers in law enforcement, participate in an in-depth internship program where students learn all aspects of police work.
College students also are able to intern with the Chelsea Police Department to fulfill college course requirements.
Chelsea Summer Youth Employment Initiative
The Chelsea Police Department participates in this important jobs program that was created to reduce youth violence by providing meaningful job opportunities for Chelsea youth. The eight-week program exposed participants to all aspects of police work with an emphasis on community policing.
Citizen Schools Community Power Jr.
Every semester the Chelsea Police Department’s Community Engagement Specialist delivers a program designed specifically for 5th graders that are part of the Citizen Schools after-school program in Chelsea Schools and provides hands-on experiences of how Chelsea is run.
- Participants tour the Chelsea Police Department and meet with Chief Brian Kyes
- They spend time with our City Manager
- They also receive tours of both the Chelsea Fire Station and Office of Emergency Services
Students report that they have a different and more positive outlook on Chelsea Police Officers.