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!
On Thursday, August 11, 2016, the Dallas Police Department hosted Let’s Talk, a forum for youth ages 10 to 15 years old. The goal of the event was to encourage open dialogue between youth and police department representatives. The event brought in several hundred adolescents and a host of volunteers from across the metroplex.
Let’s Talk afforded young people the opportunity to speak freely with officers and other police department personnel to gain information on how to interact with law enforcement. It was a high energy event with speeches and cameos from various celebrities. Radio personality Rock T was the event’s emcee, and former Dallas Cowboys Emmitt Smith and Daryl Johnston addressed the audience along with former NBA player, Stephen Howard. Olympic Track Athlete Darvis “Doc” Patton also graced the stage and offered encouraging words to the young spectators. In addition, there was an appearance by actress Paola Andino from the Nickelodeon television show “Every Witch Way.”
The day also included several raffle giveaways and dance breaks. The giveaways consisted of several gift cards, passes to the Dallas Arboretum and Studio Movie Grill, along with XBOX Ones, Samsung Galaxy tablets and so much more. Officers also surprised the crowd with a spontaneous Running Man dance on stage led by the Dallas Mavericks dancers.
The Dallas Police Department would like to send many thanks to every speaker and sponsor involved with this event. The support from the speakers and sponsors helped make this event such a wonderful success. Thank you!
The Dallas Morning News – AT&T Performing Arts Center – Wolfgang Puck Catering – AT&T & United Way of Metropolitan Dallas – Walmart – Allyn Media – Safer Dallas/The Rotary Club of Dallas – Dallas Police Youth Foundation – Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center – Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs – Mark Cuban – Trammell Crow Company – McDonalds – Downtown Dallas – University of North Texas Dallas – Caruth Police Institute – Ben E. Keith Company – Dallas Mavericks – Dallas Wings – CocaCola – Hardie’s Produce – Empire Baking
JP Morgan Chase – The Rotary Club of Dallas – Dallas PD Reserves – Dallas PD Volunteers – Dallas PD UNIDOS Volunteers – The Office of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson – As well as volunteers from the community we serve
On Thursday September 24th, Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown hosted Let’s Talk, A Conversation with Dallas Police Recruits. Chief Brown addressed over 150 current Dallas Police Recruits about community relations, and about recent tensions throughout the country between law enforcement and the community.
During the evening college students, community members, and officers provided feedback, via recorded video that played back during the event, on how they feel about the relationship between police and the community. Let’s Talk afforded the recruits the opportunity to speak freely with Chief Brown as to what they believe is required to improve the police departments relationship with the community.
McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley was also in attendance to express his thoughts on the importance of community policing. Chief Conley reminded the young recruits that “technology is making a rapid change in policing” and stressed the importance of going out and making connections with the community.
Chief Brown ended with words of wisdom to what he called “the future of the Dallas Police Department” by reminding them to “never forget why you became a police officer”. Please visit us on twitter to see pictures of the event tagged #DPDRecruitsTalk.
On Thursday September 24th at 7PM, Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown will host Let’s Talk, a conversation with Dallas Police recruits about community relations. The department feels this conversation is timely and necessary due to recent tensions throughout the country between law enforcement and the community.