The Detroit Youth Power Fest, hosted at Chene Park on July 27, 2017, was an event to foster relationships and enhance communication with the youth of Detroit. The rally combined entertainment, which helped draw in a broader audience, and education aspects. The goal was to break down barriers between the police and the youth.
There were more than 39 vendors providing information on everything from safety and education to life skills and job recruitment. Educational stations included distracted driving, what to do if you get pulled over and gun safety. There were additional stations on health and wellness including counseling and mentorship. The DMC, Children’s Hospital, St. Johns and Henry Ford Hospital all offered free medical screenings. There were 322 people who took advantage of those free medical screenings.
The entertainment focused on Detroit performers who “made in” in spite of challenges. They shared their stories to inspire the youth and encourage them to persevere.
There were about 2000 youth who attended the event and participated in the educational stations. There were more than 20 kids who signed up for mentorship programs.
The Citizen’s Police Academy provides citizens with a glimpse inside the Detroit Police Department (DPD). The 8-week program educates citizens and provides “hands on” training in areas typically restricted to the public. The academy, which is taught by DPD officers, includes classes on homicide investigations, domestic violence, evidence techs, 1-800 speak-up, personal safety classes, arson education and much more. Neighborhood Police Officers give their perspective on the challenges they face each and every day. Participants take a field trip to the 911 Communications Center and listen to calls as they are being dispatched. They also visit the Training Academy and have the opportunity to participate in the “Shoot/Don’t Shoot” simulator.
The Detroit Public Safety Foundation (DPSF) is proud to sponsor the Citizen’s Police Academy. Community outreach is a focus for the Foundation which supports the Detroit Police and Detroit Fire Departments. Thanks to the generosity of our community partner, Quicken Loans, the DPSF is able to continue supporting community programs like the Citizen’s Police Academy.