On May 19, the LAPD Southwest Public Safety Youth Conference kicked off with over 100 students, 30 high schools from the South Los Angeles area, which convened at Expo Center Swim Stadium Auditorium. Law enforcement officials attended with goal of supporting and advocating youth towards positive goals and community pride.
“The Youth Camp provided the LAPD the opportunity to interact and build relationships with youth from a variety of different high schools in south Los Angeles,” said LAPD Deputy Chief of Operations South Bureau, William Scott.
Some of the law enforcement officials invited to attend the event included Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, LAPD South Bureau Deputy Chief Bill Scott; Los Angeles Police Commander Regina Scott; Los Angeles School Police Chief Steven Zipperman; FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Robert Clark; California Highway Patrol Captain Mark Garrett; LAPD Southwest Teen Community-Police Advisory Board (Teen C-PAB) and Commander Homer F. Broome Jr. Family Educational Outreach Foundation.
The goal of the conference is to glean advice, concerns and recommendations on deterring crime, public safety, and community policing, from the perspective of the youth in our Los Angeles communities. The Youth Conference is comprised of youth representatives from over 30 high schools and youth organizations in the south Los Angeles area. LAPD officer Luis M. Aceves spoke more about the conference.
“The idea of the program is to have youth exposed more, not just to public safety officials but to have the ability to ask questions and information from the higher-ups,” said LAPD Officer Luis Aceves. Youth are able to get more specifics about what’s happening and what the department is doing to better the relationship and make the streets safer.”
The LAPD Southwest Area Public Safety Youth Conference is planned, hosted, and facilitated by youth who are members of our LAPD Southwest Area Community Youth Programs, including the LAPD Southwest Area Teen Community-Police Advisory Board, and the LAPD Southwest Area Youth Board, whose members are young men and women residing and/or attending school in the LAPD South Los Angeles Area.
“Our goal is to eventually do [a conference] that will involve the entire city of L.A.,” with goal of inviting more city officials and exposing this event to as many people as possible,” said Aceves. “Hopefully it will continue growing and getting better every year.”
The last conference two years ago had 250-300 youth attendees. Conferences have invited youth representatives from over 30 high schools and youth organizations throughout the south Los Angeles area.
“In an era where there are nationwide discussions on criminal justice reform, it’s great to see our youth engaged in that discussion because they are the leaders of our future. Their generation will help foster that change,” said Scott.
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