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Posted on: September 1, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Norfolk Police Partner with "Teens With a Purpose"

Norfolk Police have partnered with Teens With a Purpose (TWP) to share a message that guns and violence are not the answer when it comes to solving arguments or issues. In the wake of a violent July weekend in Norfolk where teens were named as victims and suspects, Norfolk Police joined forces with TWP to produce a series of 4 public service announcement videos. Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith believes the message of non-violence will resonate much stronger with the help of TWP.

TWP Executive Director Deidre Love stated, “The peers of the youth that were affected earlier this summer, are truly best suited to deliver these life-saving messages. We know that some of the members of TWP have been directly affected by gun and youth violence in the City, and appreciate their willingness to stand up and speak out. The death of a young female teen that died in the street after attending a party earlier this year, really shook us, because she was known to TWP.”

There is no better day than the first day of school to remind youth that guns and violence will never serve as a solutions. The public service videos may be seen on Norfolk’s TV-48, WHRO-TV, and Norfolk Police Department social media platforms. The videos also feature citizen stakeholders, Community Resource Officers, and Norfolk's Chief of Police.

The public service messages were co-produced by Norfolk’s TV-48.

For more information contact:
Norfolk Police Community Relations Manager, Karen Parker-Chesson – (757) 390-1954

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