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For Immediate Release:
May 14, 2015
Media Contact:
Joanne Padron
joannep@miamidade.gov
305-375-5680

Commissioner Suarez promotes police-youth dialogue


(MIAMI, FL) – Troubled by the recent unrest in Baltimore and other high-profile incidents highlighting poor police-community relations in a number of cities across America, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez and his staff recently partnered with the Miami-Dade Police Department to coordinate a series of dialogues to promote trust between the police and teens in Miami-Dade County.

Held at the Stephen P. Clark Center and moderated by Florida International University communications professor Antoine Hardy, the talks – which were recently featured on WLRN Radio news – have helped a group of local teenagers and Miami-Dade police officers find common ground.

“In light of recent events around the country, it’s important to make sure we keep open a healthy line of communication between police and young people in our community to foster a mutual sense of respect and understanding and prevent tensions from spilling over,” Commissioner Suarez said.

The series of four dialogues – the last one set to take place on May 27 – have already inspired the Miami-Dade Police Department to incorporate similar talks into their training beginning as early as this summer.