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Crime is down, youth engagement is up!

November 16, 2017 01:00 PM
Cities United kids
Kids watch a hip hop presentation hosted by Cities United
© City of Brooklyn Park

Ten years ago, the city struggled with crimes that involved youth. But as of today, Brooklyn Park’s Police Chief Craig Enevoldsen says crime in Brooklyn Park is at a 32-year low, thanks in part to youth outreach. That was an important message a few weeks ago when Brooklyn Park city leaders met with representatives from Cities United, a national organization focused on eliminating the violence in America’s cities when it comes to African American men and boys.

At the event, city staff who work with teens in Brooklyn Park shared their stories with the Cities United organization on how they keep youth engaged. This is a critical initiative to help solidify our community goal of being a healthy and safe community.

However, the police chief says that while they've made great strides with youth, another focus should be placed on working with African American men between the ages of 18 and 24. The Police Department developed a partnership this year with the Recreation and Parks Department on a 10-week program that targets teens and young men identified as being on the edge of potentially getting in trouble

 

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