Youth camp aims to boost trust between police, communities

DETROIT (AP) - About 100 students plan to attend a Detroit camp hosted by the U.S. Attorney's Office that aims to improve relations between police and people in the communities they serve.

The 2016 Smart on Crime Detroit Youth Camp runs until Wednesday at the Horatio Williams Foundation in Detroit. It's part of the U.S. Justice Department's Smart on Crime program.

Topics include perspectives of officers during traffic stops, media coverage of crime stories and understanding the consequences of choices. Participants will integrate lessons into a youth-led presentation on the elements of a safe community.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade says in a release that "in light of recent tensions," officials wanted "to provide a forum for teens and officers to share their perspectives and ideas for improving relations and trust."

Published: Tue, Aug 23, 2016