Freeport – The Housing Authority of the City of Freeport (HACF) is partnering with the Freeport Police Department and United Way for the Conversations Over Pizza Program. The Program is designed to build healthy relationships between the cops and youth and families in the community by starting with conversations.
We invite community members to the first Conversations Over Pizza on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm, at the HACF Monroe Community Center, 712 E. Orin St, Freeport, IL 61032.
This program was founded in Ohio by the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority. They have given HACF permission to spread the program to Freeport, IL. HACF is grateful for learning of the program. In late October, the Chief reached out to HACF CEO, Mr. Larry Williams, who then reached out to parents of youth to be involved in a scheduled party. Due to the communication among the Freeport Police Department, HACF CEO, and the parents, the party was able to be stopped from taking place. Had the communication not occurred, the party could have taken place with the potential of people being hurt, minors using drugs and alcohol, etc.
In light of all of the negative press surrounding police all over the country, Mr. Williams feels that it is also just as important that we highlight the police that are doing their job to help keep their communities safe. Mr. Williams believes it is imperative that we build relationships with our police officers because there are situations such as this recent party that can be prevented. This is one strong reason why the Freeport Housing Authority deems it necessary to move forward with Conversations Over Pizza (COP), so relationships are being built between community members and police officers.
For More Information, please contact Larry Williams, HACF Chief Executive Officer, at 815-232-4171 Ext 1015.