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
Over the weekend several of our Dallas Police Athletic League (PAL) Boxers competed in the 12th Annual Premier Boxing Tournament in Ft. Worth, Texas. Many of the PAL boxers had a great turn out and brought home a trophy, but one of our fighters really showed off his skills.
Nine year old Jay Shaw Wallace, also known as Jay Hawk, stepped into the ring and defended his title. The undefeated champ won his match in the 2nd round by TKO (technical knockout). “He didn’t just win the fight, he dominated.” stated Coach Danny Espinosa. It is said that Jay Hawk has great talent and that he has placed himself on a different level than his opponents. His trainers along with the fight commentators see Jay Hawk as a future Olympian.
We are proud of all our Dallas PAL boxers and Officers. Our boxers are great kids with impeccable skills, and the PAL officers are great role models. Their success starts now.
PAL is a recreational oriented youth crime prevention program that emphasizes athletics, arts, academic and other recreational activities with the intention to encourage youth to stay away from negative lifestyle choices such as gangs, drugs, and criminal activities by offering positive, healthy experiences with law enforcement. We are building relationships.
For more information, go to http://www.dpdpal.com
Dallas PAL has partnered with The Judge Barefoot Sanders Magnet Center for Public Service, Government, Law and Law Enforcement at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center. Dallas PAL initiated a Law Enforcement Mentoring program in which police officers interact weekly with students who are interested in pursuing careers in Criminal Justice.
On February 19th and 20th, students participated in the Skills USA District 6 Competition. More than 100 students attended and over 75 students competed in events such as Crime Scene, Felony Traffic Stops, Building Search, Individual Traffic Stop, Penal Code Quiz Bowl, and Law Enforcement Presentation Board.
The training and competitions these student go through help promote self-discipline, public speaking skills, teamwork, and how to be a good leader. Dallas PAL has over 45 students who will be moving on to compete in the Skills USA State Competition which will be held in late March in Corpus Christi.
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This year, the Dallas Police Athletic/Activities League presented The Truth about Teen Dating Violence, an informative workshop discussing the issues and concerns of teen dating violence and abuse.
The free workshop was held at Conrad High School on February 20, 2016. It consisted of several classroom sessions concerning topics related to teen dating violence such as: respecting your relationship, understanding and coping with rejection, crisis management and resources, anger management and recognizing signs and behavior of abusive relationships.
The sessions were for middle school and high school students (boys and girls) from across the city. The workshop also provided an informative classroom session for the parents that highlighted positive communication, teen dating violence resources, and recognizing signs and behavior of abusive relationships.
There were several guest speakers such as Judge Cheryl Williams, Motivational Speaker Angela Clay, Lady Jade from 104.5 FM, and Anger Management Dr. Carl Robinson amongst others.
The Dallas Police Department is very grateful to the Conrad High School for allowing the Police Athletic League to use their facility.
On Saturday, February 20, 2016, Dallas PAL and Dallas Explorers attended the Zonta Club of Dallas Amelia Earhart Luncheon at Arlington Hall in Lee Park. This event is for ladies only and is all about empowering young women through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
The PAL boxers, scholars and Explorers enjoyed a three course formal meal in the beautiful main ballroom surrounded by very successful women from our own city. The guest speaker was an Amelia Earhart Fellow who is a graduate student at University of California, Berkley. The girls learned about scholarships and fellowships. Our young ladies left this fabulous event with the understanding that they have many options and have many people who believe in them. Three of our own girls won table prizes!
For more information on Dallas PAL and Explorers, please visit their Facebook pages at the links below.
Dallas PAL: https://www.facebook.com/PALDallasPD/
Dallas Explorers: https://www.facebook.com/DallasPDExplorers/
On February 17, 2016, City Council Member Adam Medrano recognized the Dallas PAL Boxing Program for their outstanding commitment and dedication to youth and the City of Dallas.
Council Member Medrano stated that it all began in early 2013 when Senior Corporal Daniel Espinosa stepped foot inside the Janie C. Turner Recreation center in Pleasant Grove, asking for permission to use their facilities in an attempt to teach kids how to box. With the assistance of Recreation Manager Yolanda Carter and Coach George, a volunteer, the Boxing program kicked off.
It takes a lot of equipment to get a successful program started, but all Coach Danny had was high hopes and a bag full of hand wraps and boxing gloves. There was no boxing ring or punching bags, but little by little the pieces came together and the boxing gym officially opened its door in May 2013.
Fast forward three years to today, the Dallas PAL boxing program accepted their Special Recognition Award for the reputation is had developed in creating champions. Great Job Dallas PAL. Keep up the outstanding work.
To bring more awareness to teen dating violence and abuse the Dallas PAL Girl Empowerment/D.I.V.A. members attended the Dallas Children’s Theater for a viewing of the play “dont u luv me?” on February 14, 2016.
“dont u luv me?” Allows the viewers to see how tiny missteps in what seems like an ideal romance can quickly escalate into aggression and violence and ensnare its victims with paralyzing fear. DONT U LUV ME? has been celebrated for not shying away from the devastating consequences of dating violence while encouraging teens to make wise choices and empowering adults to provide them with useful tools. Brace yourself for this challenging journey of teens and the influential adults in their lives.
For more information on Dallas PAL, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PALDallasPD/ or follow them on Twitter @DallasPAL
The Dallas Police Athletic League collabarated with E.B. Comstock Middle School and organized a field trip to Southern Methodist University (SMU) and the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The goal of the field trip was to expose students to a university campus and tour the presidential library. Various college choices and career opportunities were discussed throughout this mentoring activity.
The participants included 47 E.B. Comstock Middle School students, two teachers, two counselors, and three officers from Dallas Police Athletic League (Senior Corporal Bureatha Graham, Senior Corporal Kevin Masters, and Officer Larvtha Shepard). The participants learned about SMU History and President Bush’s personal experience as President of the United States.
DISD Board Trustee Bernadette Nuttall donated tickets and lunch for this extraordinary experience. The Dallas Police Athletic League would like to thank Mrs. Nuttall, SMU staff, and Dallas Independent School District, for their support throughout this educational adventure.