Cops and teens meet to discuss community issues over a game of Bocce

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Part of a four week long series, Lights and Sirens International has been working to bridge the gap with teens.

Cops and teens met on Federal Hill for a game of Bocce while talking about some serious issues.

The two groups meet and use a socially distant game of Bocce to discuss issues that can cause friction between the police and the community. Two way conversations lead to discussing topics like violence, and profiling, among other issues communities face.

Ibn-Hashim Bakari, Founder, Lights and Sirens International said, “So we’ve brought law enforcement, and we’ve brought the community together to have the discussion about what’s been going on. You know, the incident that happened in Minnesota, that has brought this whole thing to a head, and trying to be proactive here in the state of Rhode Island, in the city of Providence, by addressing these issues so that both sides could actually feel comfortable and engaged while we’re trying to make a difference.”

The series features sessions for both teens and adults.

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