Ongoing Community outreach
October 15, 2019
In their ongoing efforts to be good neighbors and community partners, members of the Yale Police Department (YPD) recently organized and supported many events and fundraisers in and around the Yale and New Haven area.
Cops and Ballers Event
The third annual Cops & Ballers tournament is an afternoon-long series of three-on-three basketball games that feature city police officers playing side-by-side with some of New Haven’s most talented young athletes.
This year’s contest was organized by Yale Police Department Community Engagement Officers Martin Parker and Martha Cedeno-Ross in collaboration with New Haven Police Department’s Assistant Chief, Karl Jacobson. The teams consist of both officers and community members.
Officer Parker’s motivation for helping organize and lead Thursday’s event came from the same mission he tries to realize every day as a full-time community engagement officer for Yale’s PD “to bridge the divide between cops and the community, to talk to, listen to, and get to know residents, and to let them do the same with him.”
“During most interactions between law enforcement and civilians, there’s a power imbalance in favor of the officer. That’s not always the best for building trust and community,” said Officer Parker.
Pacs For Pals
A recent backpack drive was the result of a collaboration between the following Yale departments who collected donations: Psychiatry, Security, Yale Latino Networking Group (YLNG), Working Women’s Network, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the YPD. The event was successful collecting almost 500 backpacks for local students in need.
Big thanks to the following groups who were also instrumental in making the event a success: New Haven Fire Fighters, New Haven Fire Service, and Elephant in the Room Boxing.
What is bullying?
Last month, Officers Parker and Ross gave a presention at Varick AME Zion Church on Dixwell Avenue in New Haven, entitled “What is bullying.” It was attended by the children of that church, and they ranged in ages from 4 to 12. The officers showed a video and lead a group discussion on how bullying impacts children of all ages and how to manage it.
The church does a weekly event for the children of their members. During this roundtable discussion, Officers Parker and Ross listened to the kids’ stories, and asked if they or anyone they know had been a victum of bullying. They discussed different ways to handle bullying situtations and how to get help.