Retired Youngstown officer wants to improve police relations with kids

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Relationships between communities and police officers have been on a rocky road in the U.S. in recent years. 

One retired Youngstown officer wants to change that.

The Campbell Youth Police Academy kicked off this week, and different ages are taking part.

Thursday, the program was geared toward teenagers between the ages 14 and 16.

The police shooting in Pittsburgh was on the minds of everyone, including those at the Youth Police Academy. 

The teens who took part say they are cautious when it comes to police.

“Of all the videos that are on the internet of police shooting African American, shooting all these black guys, why would we trust you?” Preston Howard asked. 

Commander Delphine Baldwin-Casey said she wants to get the message across that children should feel comfortable coming to police for help.

“They’re aware that there are a lot of good police alright, but they have that fear that they might be the one to run into someone that’s not good, and that’s a big fear with them,” she said. 

The program lasts for the next six weeks.

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