TAPS Academy is a 15 week program primarily designed for at-risk youth. During this 15 week cohort students partner with 10 mentor officers and discuss issues such as: bullying, anger management, avoidance of gang life, drug usage, conflict management and many other youth and law enforcement focused topics. Through these interactive sessions students gain skills to manage these situations. Knowledge is a powerful tool for youth and through TAPS Academy they are building skills to make positive decisions in their daily lives.
One of the primary purposes of this program is to strengthen communities by encouraging at-risk youth and law enforcement to work together. Within the 15 week program students and officers engage in two community services projects and other activities. Students involved in TAPS Academy are given the tools to help them become better citizens in their schools and communities. This program encourages youth and their families to participate in their communities and make them a better place to live and work.
Engaging Law Enforcement
Social distance between at-risk youth and law enforcement has continued to rise over the past few decades. TAPS Academy works to break that cycle by engaging law enforcement personnel and youth before an issue escalates. TAPS creates an environment where law enforcement and youth learn from each other, build relationships, and discuss better ways to manage adverse situations. This program forges a path for these traditionally opposing groups to build a solid foundation of trust and mutual respect.