Over 1100 adults and youth from over 20 states and Jamaica attended the National Conference on Preventing Crime sponsored by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and co-sponsored by Derrick Brooks Charities in Tampa on May 29 – 31, 2019. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister was the host agency. Derrick Brooks was the keynote speaker for the opening session. He said, “together, we all can achieve more.”

The host committee planned a very successful conference and workshops for attendees included topics such as Human Trafficking, police and community relationship building; active shooters; dealing with trauma; building trust with the community; combating opioid addiction; helping former felons transition back into the community as well as many topics for youth including a session entitled Conversation With A Cop where youth could ask a panel of law enforcement officers around the state questions and offer suggestions on how to better reach youth. India Philon, a member of Derrick Brooks Charities Youth Programs and sophomore at UCF said, “We need officers who are not afraid to talk with our youth. And our youth should not be afraid to talk to officers.”

Jamaican Police Officers acknowledged Derrick Brooks for his commitment to youth. Officer Pamela Tyler, Jamaica Police Department; Darrell Daniels, Derrick Brooks Charities; Inspector Ruth Anderson, Jamaica Police Department; and Derrick Brooks after the opening session.

Derrick Brooks (rear) pose with staff, volunteers and youth at the National Conference on Preveting Crime. From left is Executive Director Darrell Daniels; staff member Latoya Murvin, youth Zakaya Green, Racine Siede, Kyrah Owens, Jayla Jones, India Philon; and volunteers Tresa Boykin and Lynette Moore.

DBCYP student India Philon challenges law enforcement and youth to work together.

DBCYP student India Philon pose with Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister at the National Conference on Preventing Crime conference.