BPD in the Community: All Smiles at the Youth and Police Initiative Celebration!

On Friday afternoon, April 20, 2018, officers from Districts B-2 (Roxbury) and B-3 (Mattpan), along with Police Commissioner William Evans, attended the graduation for the Somali Youth and Police Initiative. The initiative is a program led by Said Ahmed of United Somali Youth, Inc., Paul Lewis of the North American Family Institute, and Captain Haseeb Hosein and Officer Cynthia Brewington from the Boston Police Department. The officers and young people have spent the past week in dialogue with the objective of humanizing and enhancing the relationship between Boston youth and the police. During the ceremony, the participants received their certificates of participation and an enthusiastic round of applause from the officers and Commissioner. Both officers and youth alike had a fantastic time building bonds, understanding each other’s cultures, and opening lines of communication.