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Delray Beach PD partners with Village Academy to work with students

Posted at 12:35 PM, Sep 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-14 20:53:43-04

The Delray Beach Police Department is partnering with Village Academy to help form lasting relationships with the young students.

Officer Rickey Mitchell and Chief Javaro Sims met with the school's fourth-graders Friday. They spoke with fifth-grade students on Thursday.

The program is designed to cover a variety of topics with the kids including bullying, drug prevention and gangs.

The first session was about bullying. 

The hope is this program will expand over time to other schools in the area.

Officer Mitchell says, "we're trying to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community. So many times we have issues where they have such a negative persona of how they view us. So dealing with the community, that's why we became law enforcement in the first place."

He adds: "We want to show the community that we're not always here to just make arrests or to enforce the law, sometimes we're here to work with the community and that's why we're here."