The City of Panama City’s Community Development and Police Departments were honored to take part in a recent discussion between youth and law enforcement.
On July 31, 2018, Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) staff and community stakeholders held a Bridging the G.A.A.P. (Gaining Appreciation by Adjusting Perspectives) conversation between Bay and Gulf County youth and law enforcement. The purpose of this discussion was to improve communication between youth and law enforcement. There was powerful dialogue as it related to stereotyping, respect, peer pressure, values, appreciate, neighborhood quality, sacrifice, family support and mentor experiences.
DJJ staff members from Pensacola and Tallahassee, DJJ Probation, Bay County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), Anchorage Children’s Home, AMIKids, Big Bend Community Based Care, Gulf County United Community Development, LEAD Coalition and Judos also took part in the discussion. It was held at the Glenwood Community Center.