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CITY OF HARTFORD, KAPPA ALPHA PSI, NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF BLACK LAW ENFORCEMENT EXECUTIVES AND MY BROTHER’S KEEPER INVITE RESIDENTS TO THE LAUNCH OF ‘LEARN 2 LIVE’ COMMUNITY POLICING FORUM

(October 23, 2015) Members of the community are invited to attend “Learn 2 Live,” a forum on Monday hosted by the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) in collaboration with the My Brother’s Keeper program in Hartford. ‘Learn 2 Live’ is a new national effort that aims to facilitate more positive interactions and improve community relations between young people of color and law enforcement through a total of 100 forums in 100 cities across the country. Hartford is the first host city. Monday’s event will include a presentation by NOBLE followed by an interactive discussion with a panel of police officers from Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester, Bloomfield and Windsor.

“Preserving the safety of Hartford residents starts with improving the relationship between our community and our police department. I welcome ‘Learn 2 Live,’ a new initiative focused on opening and maintaining that necessary dialogue,” said City Councilman Kyle K. Anderson, the point person for the My Brother’s Keeper.

“We are always looking for ways to improve our relationship with the community. We embrace this opportunity and look forward to participating in the forum,” said Deputy Chief Brian J. Foley.

My Brother’s Keeper is an initiative by President Barack Obama that calls for community members, including local government leaders, businesses and charities, to help guide young male minorities to colleges and toward careers. The City of Hartford accepted the challenge late last year, with the intent of focusing on ensuring that youth who are out of school are employed and ensuring that youth remain safe from violent crime.

Ten other cities hosting a “Learn 2 Live” program include, Harrisburg, Pa., Philadelphia, Pa., New York, NY, Chicago, Ill., Atlanta, Ga., Los Angeles, CA, Dallas, TX, Wilmington, DE and Washington, DC.

NOBLE is a public service organization with the goal of providing solutions to law enforcement issues and concerns, as well to the ever-changing needs of communities. The organization has nearly 60 chapters and represents over 4,000 members worldwide including chief executive officers and command-level law enforcement officials from federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies and criminal justice practitioners.

Kappa Alpha Psi is comprised of more than 150,000 members and over 700 functioning undergraduate and alumni chapters on major campuses and cities around the world. For more information contact Jimmy McMikle at (860)680-6468.

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WHO: Kappa Alpha Psi, NOBLE and My Brother’s Keeper

WHAT: Invite community to launch of “Learn 2 Live” Program

WHEN: Monday, October 26, 2015; 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: First Cathedral; 1151 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield

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HARTFORD CITY HALL ADDRESS: 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 PHONE: (860)757-9311 HOURS: 8AM - 5PM