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NANBPWC Safe Encounters Workshop

The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. - Toledo Adult and Youth Clubs, Maumee Bay Adult and Youth Clubs presented a special workshop entitled, "Safe Encounters" to students participating in the Cotillion Scholarship Program on Wednesday,  February 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm at Keyser Elementary School. 


NANBPWC -Toledo Club's First Vice President and Program Chairman Denise Black-Poon served as Mistress of Ceremony. Toledo Adult Club President Frances Collins, PhD; Stephanie Kynard from the Maumee Bay Club and Jordan Collins from the Toledo Youth Club  welcomed everyone and emphasized how important this program is to youth and adults.


Vanice Williams from the Maumee Bay Club shared the purpose of "Safe Encounters" by explaining that the program is designed to promote safe interactions between police and citizens, particularly youth and young adults. It is essential that we help young people learn how to respond when approached by law enforcement officers.  


The anticipated outcome is to build or re-establish wholesome relationships between young people, especially minorities, and law enforcement personnel. 


Lieutenant John Hicklin of the  Toledo Public Schools Dept of Public Safety and Deputy Sheriff Sonya Randall, of the Lucas County Sheriff's office partnered with NANBPWC Inc., to bring awareness and answer questions to help high school students become more knowledgeable.  Over 80 students from the Cotillion Debutantes, Deb's N Waiting, Escorts and Youth Club members were present to hear very important facts about ways to respond if stopped by the police.  Several adult club members also attended the workshop.


Toledo Youth Club President Jordan Collins and Vice President Jada Collins presented the Do's and Don'ts when interacting with police officers.  


Black-Poon gave pointers on "What to do if you are stopped by the police.  She emphasized the importance of what to say and to have proper identification. 


Questions were addressed and the Officer Hicklin and Officer Randall gave suggestions, life stories, scenarios and lots of insight to help provide a better understanding of what could happen in different situations. They stressed that proper conduct is important for a person who may be a suspect, as well as for those who are traveling with that person. The officers mentioned how college campuses have rules that are different from TPD, and other jurisdictions. Everyone must know the laws and rights in every city, campus, school, etc.   


Cotillion Chairman Wilma Brown, Cotillion Scholarships/Education Chairman  Karen Jarrett and Denise Caldwell continue to bring quality workshops for the youth each week and encourage them to be courteous,  responsible and set goals. Officer Hicklin also asked youth to set goals and be overachievers. Each officer believes respect is the biggest part of "Safe Encounters"  


The officers received certificates from the Toledo Club and Maumee Bay Adult and Youth Clubs for their special commitments and service to the community. 


Copyright 2019 by [The Sojourner's Truth]. All rights reserved.
Revised: 02/28/19 22:59:47 -0500.



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