One dozen students from North Central High School were applauded by Spokane Police Thursday as they graduated from the fifth Youth Police Initiative class.
Youth Police Initiative, or YPI, is to enhance police officer understanding of the beliefs, values and experiences of local youth, and to promote positive police/youth interaction – and it appears to be doing just that.
“My favorite part of the program was meeting the officers and learning how they're more like the kids than they seem,” said Krista Moize, one of Thursday's YPI graduates. “The cops were really interesting and really funny.”
Participating youth are selected by local community leaders. This time it was Jenny Jamison, who runs the school's “Outside the Box” program in connection with the YMCA.