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In addition to the conference’s focus on community-police relations, youth are also provided with career preparation and leadership training. They learn about the college application process, financial management, and life planning.

“Even though this is a law enforcement organization, we don’t push kids into pursuing careers in law enforcement,” Glover said. “The things we’re doing will give them the foundation to do whatever they want.”

Among the youth organizations from Pittsburgh were Operation Better Block in Homewood, and the YES Program. Leaders from these programs said they hoped the conference would improve community-police relations locally.

“I believe it’s important for our community to not view police as a threat but to look at them as an organization we can use to help us solve some of the issues in our community,” said Brooke Burchette, a coordinator from Operation Better Block.


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