They bring cultural sensitivity in their approach to young people. Rather then looking at them as felons, they understand them.
— Sadiki Kambon, Volunteer Director, Roxbury
They have a different point of view. People are more willing to cooperate with officers from their own race. It’s also good for young people to see officers who look like them.
— Natarsha Fisher, Patient Coordinator, Malden
They should be more sensitive to the people in our community with more understanding and compassion. Instead, they’re often more violent and less compassionate.
— Katherine Jones, Personal Care Attendant, Jamaica Plain
Nowadays, it ain’t important. The police aren’t police anymore. On the side of a police car, it says “protect and serve.” They don’t do either.
— Drew, Self Employed, Boston
It’s very important to have minorities on the police force. It makes you more comfortable to speak with them. There’s less racism. They grew up the same way you did. They know what you’ve been through.
— Charice, Provider Services Representative, Dorchester
We all grew up together. We’ve had the same experiences. We understand each other.
— Angel, Mother, Mattapan