On Thursday, October 25, 2018, the Dallas Police Department and District 10 Partnership visited Lake Highlands High School students to empower them to make the right choices and make a positive impact on their lives. The event started off with the Lake Highlands band and Officer Vaughn entertaining the crowd. District 10 Council Member Adam McGough told the students, “We’re all in this together”, he told them to make the right decisions because those decisions impact their community.
Chief Hall told the students, “… anything that’s going to be great that comes out of Dallas, is going to come from you”. She spoke about being on board with Sgt. Quigg’s vision about the importance of mentoring, coaching and being involved with the youth and thanked him for his dedication. The students cheered the Chief’s closing message, “Love one another, respect one another, treat others with dignity and let’s make Dallas and the rest of this world a great place to be”.
Former gang member, Lamont Levels, shared his story and brought awareness of the importance of how one’s choices can change your life for the better or worse. He also told them to choose their friends wisely, to pick friends that will bring you up, not down. The students were very receptive to his message.
This event was a part of the Project Safe Neighborhood initiative that brings together many federal, state and local law enforcement, prosecutors and the community to reduce crime.