Securing Our Future: Young people speak on leading change in community-police relations

On Wednesday, some 200 young people and those who advocate for them converged at the Pennsylvania Convention Center to discuss the real and perceived problems they see in community-police relations. The initiative — Securing Our Future: Re-imagining Philadelphia’s Community-Police Relations — came together through the work of PCHR, the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission, My Brother’s Keeper Philadelphia and the Mayor’s Office on Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs.

In a half-day of moderated discussions and brainstorming, the participants — largely aged 16 to 24 — gathered in groups and exchanged experiences and ideas for improvement. Their thoughts were captured and compiled for a report to be presented to members of the Nutter Administration and the Philadelphia Police Department.

As conversation on reforming police policies in wake of local and national controversies continue, these young people are aiming to make their feelings and voices known. An elected set of ambassadors will continue the dialogue at a formal City Hall presentation and group discussion with representatives of the Philadelphia Police Department.

Updates can be found with the hashtag #SecureOurFuture. All photos courtesy of Bill Z. Foster Photography.

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