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Bridging the gap between police and students

Posted: 6:17 PM, Nov 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-08 19:17:10-05

TULSA, Okla. — How your kids interact with police is as important to you as it is to the officers themselves. Tulsa Police are working to bridge the gap between themselves and high school students.

Thanks to the mayor's Police and Community Coalition, TPD has the opportunity to talk with a large group of students in a room at once. But police say it's just as important for them as it is for the kids.

Police answered burning questions like what to do if you are stopped by an officer, and what does the officer want? Tulsa Public School students asked officers various questions they had for an hour at their individual tables.

Tulsa Police visited with students from 11 schools for nearly three hours to show them the human side of policing. Guest speakers covered topics like gang violence, drugs, and how to not get into trouble, and then sat down to answer whatever questions students had on their minds.

"You learn. You learn a lot you don't know. You learn things you never would have thought about," said Stephine Antwine, a Webster High School senior.

At the end of the day, police hope events like these inspire students to learn even more about their police department, and use the things they learn to help teach their friends.

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