Early this morning, officers, volunteers, parents and their children, ages 10-15 years old, entered the AT&T Performing Arts Center with great anticipation. The day began with the morning sunshine, a continental breakfast and the Mavs Man greeting everyone as they arrived. After weeks of planning and preparation, the 3rd Annual Let’s Talk Police & Youth Forum brought in a record breaking 1,400 individuals in attendance! Once all the kiddos got through the registration process everyone entered the theater for the general session. The general session was hosted by Mack T., who entertained everyone and introduced the speakers during the event. The speakers included Interim Dallas Police Chief David Pughes, Olympic Gold Medalist Michelle Carter, Super Bowl MVP Larry Brown, and NBA Player Terrell Harris.
The focus for this year’s event was community first. The speakers shared tips on how to become successful, and the importance of putting your community first. Interim Chief Pughes said, “It gives us an opportunity to come out and talk to kids and have an open conversation with kids from throughout the city.” The Let’s Talk event also included breakout sessions, separating the children into different groups, and having them engage with officers in honest and open dialogue.
Those in attendance had a chance to win some great prizes like blue tooth speakers, bicycles, gaming systems and much more. Judging from all the smiles, this years event was one of the best yet!