We transform youth and police interactions to support our young people and keep them out of the criminal punishment system.

Bed-Stuy Human Justice Initiative (BSHJI) is a pre-booking (no fingerprinting) police arrest diversion pilot designed to impact institutional culture shift in law enforcement, infrastructure for equitable community partnership and workforce development, and decarceration by ending the mass arrest of youth of color. 

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For more information, please contact us: Dr. Divine Pryor, Executive Director: dpryor@centerfornuleadership.org
Kyung-Ji Kate Rhee, Deputy Director: krhee@centerfornuleadereship.org
T: 718-484-5879 

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System Stakeholders/Partners: NYPD, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and NYC Dept. of Probation
Community Partners: Rev. Youngblood of Mt. Pisgah, Rev. Emma Simpson of Concord Baptist Church, Cure Violence sites in Brooklyn, MOCADA, Restoration Plaza, Drive Change, Refoundry, CASES, local artists and business network in Bed-Stuy, among others.

People’s Police Academy (PPA) is the first and only model in which civilian community experts (i.e., without any NYPD co-facilitation) train NYPD officers in a formal setting. Launched in March 2016, PPA is now formally housed within NYPD’s Police Training Academy wherein incoming police officers of each precinct receive training exclusively by community experts on Cultural Literacy, History of the Borough (where they will serve), History of Crime and Public Safety, and History of Gangs.
The first PPA launched in March 2016 with the 47th precinct in the Bronx.  The second PPA will launch in the summer of 2017 with 79th precinct in Brooklyn. 

Various jurisdictions around the country, namely Los Angeles and Seattle are interested in replicating the PPA model.