Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids is
a program of the All Stars Project
designed to foster positive interactions between the police and inner-city
youth. It consists of a series of
workshops that use performance, improvisational games and conversation to help
teenagers and police officers to develop and improve their relationship.
New York City Commissioner Ray Kelly (fourth from left) during his visit to the All Stars Project’s performing arts and development center on W. 42nd Street in 2008.
The program was initiated in late 2006 by Dr. Lenora B. Fulani, co-founder of the All Stars Project, in the
wake of the police shooting of Sean Bell in Queens. Since then, over 900 cops and 1,150 kids participated in 85
workshops, including police officers from the New York City Police
Department (NYPD) and All Stars youth leaders from Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Jamaica, Harlem, and Washington Heights.
As of October 2011, the NYPD officially incorporated Operation Conversation: Cop and Kids into
its training of its police officers. On Tuesday, July 31, former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and All Stars co-founder Dr. Lenora Fulani held a joint press conference in Harlem at the State Office Building to present Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids. See an excerpt of Commissioner Kelly's remarks below.
An outline of a
typical two-hour Cops and Kids workshop consists of:
Theatre Games- these "ice-breaker" exerciseshelp police officers and youth interact and sharing a fun
Saying What They Came to Say- in two sentences,
officers and young people say "the one thing they came to say," getting it off
their chest and becoming able to move on to a new conversation.
Improvisational Skits- young people and
officers improvise everyday scenes together, allowing them to cooperate to
reach a goal.
workshop concludes with honest conversation between police officers and
inner-city youth. With the benefit of the shared performance experiences, these
conversations are respectful and productive.
more information To learn more about Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids, call Senior Program Manager Lisa Linnen at 212-356-8448.
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