The Black Police Association of Greater Dallas’ Members Take the Lead in Mending Community Relations in Dallas County
The Black Police Association of Greater Dallas has been dedicated to bridging the gap between law enforcement and the communities they serve for over forty years. For this association, community policing means being proactive about and developing solutions to the immediate problems contributing to public safety issues. This is why the BPA is dedicated to hosting events that encourage police officers to form relationships with civilians and creating programs that solve the needs of the communities they serve, as well as, facilitating conversations on community-police relations.
On March 24th, the Black Police Association of Greater Dallas sponsored a community policing event led by its board member Officer Lamar Glass in collaboration with local nonprofit, First Stripe, called PD Madness. PD Madness was a basketball tournament where eight law enforcement teams hit the court, in a March Madness inspired tournament, against eight community teams.
April 7th, the association held a Home Buying 101 seminar led by local real estate agent, Randy Bell, giving police officers and community members the tools needed to purchase homes in Dallas county including grant information and financing options. This is the first of many seminars the association will be hosting as part of their new home buyers community outreach program.
The Association’s President, Officer Terrence Hopkins (known to many as T. Hop), has made it his own personal mission to bridge the gap between officers and law enforcement by leading conversations on his radio show every Tuesday from 7 to 9 PM called Police Talk 101 where local leaders are invited to discuss community and police relations.
BPA Member, Officer O. Buster, was honored on April 6th for helping save the life of Bailey Adam, a marathon runner that collapsed during the Dallas Rock and Roll Half Marathon. Buster was one of the CPR people on the scene that was able to save the Half-Marathon heart attack survivor.
The Black Police Association of Greater Dallas believes community policing involves forming partnerships with community organizations and giving people the opportunity to interact with law enforcement officers. It is proven that good relationships are essential to good police work.
About the Black Police Association of Greater Dallas
The Black Police Association of Greater Dallas, POA consists of 650 sworn officers/deputies, whom have taken an oath to maintain law and order for our citizens, and represent the finest element of our community. You can be assured that each and every day, we are working diligently to build a safe and prosperous environment for everyone; especially our children. We are proud of the various community, regional, state and national charities who benefit from our support and involvement. We have proudly served the community of Dallas for the forty plus years. We are committed to not only the safety of our citizens and business, but to providing charitable contributions to those in our community who need our help the most.