Youth/Police Dialogues Because Relationships Matter


In Baltimore, Hagerstown, and Takoma Park, MD, CMM ha been supporting community mediation centers to provide an opportunity for youth and police to have open, honest, and often hard conversations... in an effort to get to know each other as humans.




At CMM's 2016 Gala: Community leader, Marvin McKenstry, and Baltimore Police Officer Zach Novak, describe their experience in the police community dialogue in West Baltimore. The dialogue, facilitated by Community Mediation, included residents, police officers, and police leadership. The group had several hard discussions about the history and reality of police community relations. Participants built trust and developed a process in which officers connect youth with community services instead of arresting them. This process is now being developed as a official pilot program in West Baltimore


 Click here to watch CMM's webinar provided for Justice Research and Statistics Association, highlighting the work CMM is doing to address community police relations.