TAPS Talk

TAPS Club Tampa – Conflict Resolution

Tuesday’s Tampa Club meeting focused on surviving to stay alive through conflict resolution. Sgt Norris and the youth of AMI Kids discussed ways to deescalate potential confrontations that could arise between their peers or authority within the community. The kids offered ideas such as: not raising your voice if the other party seems angry, asking […]

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Sgt. Norris of the Tampa Police Dept at today’s T.A.P.S Club

We were joined by Sgt. Norris of the Tampa Police Dept at today’s T.A.P.S Club. Sgt. Norris presented several thought-provoking topics to the group for discussion. Two topics that seemed to elicit more comments from the youths were: (1) Why don’t you like police officers? (2) Is it right for anyone to judge one another? […]

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Beechnut TAPS Fall 2014

Today marked the beginning of Beechnut’s TAPS Academy Fall 2014. It was a wonderful start with all of the teens enthused and excited to be in the program. We had a film crew from the University of Houston – Clearlake ready to go to capture the memorable moment.  All of the officers were ready to […]

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Police Interaction, Electric Bills, Gardening, and The Purse Bearer: Houston Matters for Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Police Interaction, Electric Bills, Gardening, and The Purse Bearer: Houston Matters for Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Posted on: Aug 26 2014by Craig Cohen Among the lessons learned from recent developments in Ferguson, Missouri, is the need for law enforcement and the community it serves to engage with one another. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss how that can be accomplished, and focus on one example here in Houston – the Teen and Police Service […]

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Galveston County Interview with Ms. Gamble

Ms. Gamble is one of the supervisors at the Galveston County facility where TAPS was held this past summer/fall. She was very helpful with assisting the officers and helping to maintain order. She was interviewed on her feelings about TAPS and any improvement she saw with the teens that were in the program. She said […]

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Galveston TAPS Summer/Fall Graduation

On August 21, 2014 the Galveston TAPS class graduated the program. The day was full of much anticipation and excitement. It was a bitter sweet moment for the teens. They were happy to have successfully completed the program; however, they were sad it ended. The teens performed four different skits for the graduation and also […]

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Congratulations TAPS Academy El Paso

Congratulations TAPS Academy El Paso. In a nine week, four days a week, six hour a day format TAPS Academy El Paso combined the TAPS curriculum with field trips, and a heavy educational component. In conjunction with the Clint Independent School District these 16 students earned 30 credit hours toward their high school graduation in […]

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Interview with Officer Jackson of Galveston Police Department

While interviewing Officer Jackson of Galveston Police Department of 19 years, I asked him his feelings and thoughts about the TAPS program. He stated, “TAPS is a tool for kids to understand and evaluate the consequences of their actions.” The program overall has taught the teens to take accountability for their behavior. Allowing the teens […]

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TAPS is Coming to South Africa

The police departments of Johannesburg and Cape Town South Africa recently hosted by Dr. Penn to learn more about TAPS Academy and the positive effect it has on both youth and local authority figures. During the trip to South Africa Dr. Penn was introduced to several government officials who are working with TAPS Academy to implement TAPS Academy […]

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TAPS Camp: Harris County Juvenile Probation Youth Village facility

TAPS Camp was conducted in conjunction with 43 youth at the Harris County Juvenile Probation Youth Village facility in July. This camp brought together youth and law enforcement officers from Houston, Pasadena and Columbus, Ohio Police Departments for a week of leadership activities and skill building for the purpose of reducing the social distance between […]

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