The widespread protests this year revealed that young people hold a certain vision of law enforcement. Now, the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland hopes to engage local teens for more productive dialogue. The agency invited young people of color to join its newly established Minority Youth Advisory Council.
Once members are chosen, they will share their feelings and concerns with officers in a safe, respectful environment. Among the topics expected to be covered are restorative practices, trauma, substance abuse prevention and mental health issues. Plus, the department and council will host town-hall forums to address community needs and concerns with the public. For more information, visit aacounty.org/policeyouthservices.