October 03, 2016
UCPD Presenting Law & Your Community Course to Woodlawn Students
The University of Chicago Police Department is presenting the Law & Your Community program to students at the Woodlawn Charter School this fall so that students are aware of their rights as citizens and understand the best ways to engage with law enforcement.
Members of the UCPD’s Community Relations Unit (CRU) received training for the Law & Your Community course through the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). CRU members present this program to 12-15 middle school aged students once a week for the duration of the 12-week program. This hands-on, interactive training uses scenarios, presentations, and videos so students become familiar with the following topics:
- Citizenship: What it means to be a citizen, knowing what the laws are that govern everyday life, and knowing your rights.
- Basic laws: Understanding the basic laws governing issues such as Stand Your Ground, gun ownership, staying safe within your community, maintaining positive affiliations including peer relationships, maintaining good grades, adult relationships, and the benefits of mentors.
- Law enforcement engagement: Engaging and navigating communication with police officers, knowing what community policing is, and understanding the realities of working in law enforcement.
While the UCPD is actively engaged with the community and continues to participate in a mentoring program with students at the Donoghue campus of the UChicago Charter School, this is the first time the UCPD has been involved in a formally structured program like the Law & Your Community.
“This program allows us to interact with kids who live in our community and often see our police officers,” said UCPD Chief of Police Fountain L. Walker. “This is a thoughtful approach to engaging with young people in our area, and we’re excited to be a part of this positive, educational program.”