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Spring 2018 Facilitator Training - Bridging the Gap: Kids & Cops

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Denver Post Building

101 W Colfax Ave Suite 100

Denver, Colorado 80202

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Free facilitator trainings for adult and youth community leaders interested in learning how to facilitate conversations between youth and Denver police officers.


Bridging the Gap: Kids & Cops
Our Mission: The Bridging the Gap Program seeks to proactively improve relationships between youth and law enforcement in Denver by:

  • educating youth on their rights and responsibilities when in contact with law enforcement;
  • educating officers on key aspects of adolescent development and de-escalation techniques when contacting youth;
  • convening community lead facilitated dialogue between youth and law enforcement

Background: In 2014 the Office of the Independent Monitor (OIM) began developing and testing our Youth Outreach Project's (YOP) Bridging the Gap: Kids and Cops curriculum, and understood the need to build a sustainable model rooted in the community and facilitated by community members. With strong community partnerships, the program has a wide reach throughout diverse communities in Denver and is working to cultivate a team of experts in the community who, along with law enforcement, can sustain the programming over time with professional training in order to deliver the curriculum to youth and officers at monthly forums.

Why Facilitator Trainings: Eight times a year, Bridging the Gap: Kids & Cops host facilitator trainings for adult and youth community leaders and service providers who want to provide youth and police officers an opportunity to better understand public safety, and for both to learn how to get home safely. We provide a daily stipend for all participants who attend the all day training with the expectation that participants will facilitate three to five forums after completing their training, also compensated with a modest stipend.

Throughout the year, OIM's facilitation training series will cover the following topics:

  • Facilitation skills specific to youth/officer dialogue
  • Restorative Justice Principles
  • Emotional Intelligence Principles
  • Trauma-Informed Practice
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities
  • Mental Health First Aid for Youth
  • Implicit Bias

Lunch or dinner and snacks are provided for all trainings, depending on time of day.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the Program Manager, Gianina Horton, at KidsandCops@denvergov.org or at (720) 913-3212.

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