Youth and Police Initiative (YPI) Graduation

YPI Graduation scheduled for Wednesday at North Central High School

Ofc. Teresa Fuller, 509.835.4568,

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 3:07 p.m.

The Spokane Police Department Youth and Police Initiative (YPI) will graduate the program’s 20th class tomorrow, March 30th, 2016 at 5:00 p.m., at North Central High School’s cafeteria (1600 N. Howard St., Spokane, WA 99205). YPI is a five day program focused on breaking the cycle of mutual distrust that commonly exists between youth and police.

By helping youth to be authentic, honest and open in presenting their personal choices, they inspire the police to respond in a mutual way. The reciprocal sharing of life experiences, as well as goals and dreams, humanizes their relationships and shows them how much they have in common. The shared parts of their lives become the foundation of a new trust.

The program brings enormous benefits to the community, reduces crime, and helps youth develop positive attitudes towards police and their communities. We have connected 234 youth with 96 police officers over the past 2 years. The attached pictures are from a recent session at Ferris High School.

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