Wednesday, April 06, 2011

New Documents for April 6, 2011: The West Side Story Project

Is the Federal Government getting onto the "Glee" bandwagon? You be the judge...

The West Side Story Project celebrates the 50th anniversary of the musical and attempts to address the ever present problem of youth and gang violence.

Using the themes of the classic Broadway and movie musical West Side Story, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (the COPS Office) is publishing the West Side Story Project Toolkit (WSSP) to address youth violence and youth–police relations. This resource provides an opportunity for law enforcement to partner with local theater, schools, youth-based organizations, and community groups to develop new approaches to gang prevention, youth–police relations, and cultural conflict.

The publication provides directions, suggestions, and examples to demonstrate how police, theater, youth organizations, and others can work together to use creative strategies to reduce conflict, solve problems, and build relationships.

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