After a successful launch last year, in which 1,000 youth and 200 adults from across the city participated in an open dialogue with police officers, the Dallas Police Department will host its second annual Let’s Talk Police and Youth Forum. The event will take place on August 11, 2016, at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas’ Arts District.
The Dallas Police Department will partner with various organizations, including but not limited to, Boys & Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts, City of Dallas Parks & Rec, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Faith Based Organizations. The department will engage young people 10-15 years old in a discussion promoting positive interactions between the community and law enforcement. Multiple speakers from law enforcement, professional sports and entertainment will contribute to the discussion. Breakout sessions will also be held at the Meyerson Symphony Center.
“It’s critical that we build trust with our young people, and Let’s Talk is helping us to do that,” said Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown about the department’s Let’s Talk program. “We want to start a conversation at the Winspear on August 11, 2016, that we can continue throughout the year.”
The Dallas Morning News has signed on as a presenting sponsor of Let’s Talk. This is their second year serving as a presenting sponsor.
Safer Dallas and Rotary Club of Dallas presented $5,000 to Chief Brown at the Safer Dallas Steering Committee Meeting. “The Rotary Club of Dallas and Safer Dallas are 100% behind Chief Brown and his commitment to community engagement,” said John Forest of the Rotary Club. “There is no more important segment of our community than our young people who need to know and trust our city’s great police officers.” Mr. Forest hopes the donation from Rotary Club of Dallas and Safer Dallas will encourage others to participate. “We urge every organization and company in Dallas to join us as a Sponsor,” said Forest. Sponsors also includes All Star Project, Dallas Mavericks, JPMorgan Chase & Company, UNT Dallas, Dallas Police Youth Outreach Unit, McDonald’s, and Downtown Dallas Inc. Wolfgang Puck, Dallas Wings, and AT&T.
For more information about Let’s Talk 2016, contact the Dallas Police Department by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214-671-3015. You can register at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-lets-talk-dallas-police-and-youth-forum-registration-25036269155
Date: Thursday, August 11, 2016
Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street
Dallas, Texas, 75201