Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids is a program of the All Stars Project designed to foster positive interactions between the police and inner-city youth. It consists of a series of workshops that use performance, improvisational games and conversation to help teenagers and police officers to develop and improve their relationship.
As of October 2011, the NYPD officially incorporated Operation Conversation: Cop and Kids into its training of its police officers. On Tuesday, July 31, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and All Stars co-founder Dr. Lenora Fulani held a joint press conference in Harlem at the State Office Building to present Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids. See an excerpt of Commissioner Kelly's remarks below.
An outline of a typical two-hour Cops and Kids workshop consists of:
To learn more about Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids, call Senior Program Manager Lisa Linnen at 212-356-8448.
In December 2009, Dr. Lenora B. Fulani, founder of Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids, conducted a mini Cops and Kids workshop with five inner-city youth and four police officers from the NYPD at the All Stars Project's annual corporate luncheon for an audience of 350 guests.
In June of 2008, the All Stars Project sponsored an academic conference entitled, "The Police and Our Young People: What is their Relationship?" The conference was attended by law enforcement officials, including police chiefs from the NYPD, educators and academics. Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy, was one of the keynote speakers.