Young people are meeting with police to express ethier concerns and to better understand each other.
About 30 kids met with a dozen law enforcement officers from multiple agencies in the county. The Youth Leadership Institute of Erie hosted the community and police relations forum.
The gathering was an extension of a community law enforcement group that has been meeting since last August.
Chelsea Burns, 17, says, there will "still be shootings, but at the same time, the cops are still helping us out. They're still taking the bad people to jail."
Brian Arrington of Pennsylvania State Polce, says, "We're trying to bring all of law enforcement together with the community in order for the youth to get a better understanding of what we're trying to do with law enforcement, and also so we can get a better understanding of what the youth want from us and how we can better serve them.
The group hopesto encourage further dialogue and to expose children to community policing.
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