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Cops & Kids Face Off with Connect Four, Not Crime

Posted on July 18, 2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Cops and kids fostered relationships and cut down on crime by facing off instead with Bingo, Connect Four and more in the Bronx last week. During these times of tension between uniformed officers and the community, Catholic Charities Alianza Division offers an alternative to negative police and community relations through its Summer of Service series that includes this Family Game Night.

Oldsters, youngsters, cops and teens shared snacks, laughs and inspiration in Highbridge Gardens, a housing development in the 44th precinct, a two-square mile neighborhood that brags both the Yankee Stadium and the Bronx House of Detention.  It’s a tough neighborhood but  also one on its way up, bragging a more than 14-percent drop in felonies since the turn of the 21st century.

Catholic Charities Alianza Division and its Strengthening Communities partnership with police make a huge contribution towards this resurgence.  Our Highbridge Gardens Cornerstone program offers free services to families and youth ages 5-21. Open seven days a week until 11 p.m., it offers safe, fun activities all summer long plus school year programs as well. 

Find out more about how Alianza takes on teens, tensions and community relations.

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