The anticipated outcome is to build or re-establish
wholesome relationships between young people, especially
minorities, and law enforcement personnel.
Toledo Policeman and Sheriff Deputies, Michael Byrd, John
Hicklin and Matt Luettke, 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. Twenty adult club
members also attended the workshop.
Toledo Youth Club President Jordan Collins, Maumee Bay Youth
President Kennedy Harpe, and Toledo Youth Club Vice
President Jada Collins gave the “Do's and Don't” when
interacting with police officers.
Denise Black-Poon, Toledo Club first vice president and
program chairman gave pointers on "What to do if you are
stopped by the police.”
Questions were addressed and the officers gave suggestions,
life stories, scenarios and lots of insight that helped
paint a better picture on what could happen in different
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 John Hicklin
also asked youth to set goals and be overachievers. Each
officer believes mutual respect is the biggest part of "Safe
The officers received certificates from the Toledo and
Maumee Bay Adult and Youth Clubs for their special
commitments and service to the community.