Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids

Operation Conversation: Cops & 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.: 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.

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 1,250 kids participated in over 90 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 & Kids into its training of its police officers.

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On Tuesday, July 31, 2012 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 & Kids. See an excerpt of Commissioner Kelly's remarks below.


An outline of a typical two-hour Cops & Kids workshop consists of:

Theatre Games- these "ice-breaker" exercises help police officers and youth interact and sharing a fun experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Conversation- the 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.

 

 

 

 

Read a first-person report from ASP president and CEO Gabrielle L. Kurlander, who observed a recent workshop.

 

For more information
To learn more about Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids, call Senior Program Manager Lisa Linnen at 212-356-8448.

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