Youth & Police in Partnership (YPP) is a program of CSR in collaboration with the Boston Police Department. The program seeks to improve the relationship between inner-city youth, residents and the Police Department, and to address community problems.
Components of YPP include Roundtable Discussions that are designed to enhance communication and build relationships between youth, police, and community; speaker presentations regarding youth violence prevention; community safety, and youth violence prevention and community safety best practices models.
The recently established Police Recruit & Youth Mentor Relationship component of YPP brings together youth and police recruits through training and mentoring relationships. The agreement, which was signed in June of this year, matches Boston Police Academy cadets/recruits and YPP youth in mentoring relationships.
YPP's primary goals include:
- Identifying and managing neighborhood problems
- Creating a long lasting collaboration between the community youth, residents, and the Boston Police Department
- Enhancing the trust and understanding between inner city residents (and especially the youth) and the Boston Police Department Providing additional resources to support the Boston Police Department's shift from traditional reactive policing toward preventive community policing.