Save Our Sons, with the help of the Knoxville Police Department, put on its Positive Engagement With Law Enforcement Workshop, Saturday morning.
“We wanted young men to build relationships with the police,” said Tatia Harris, the grant manager. “What we’re hoping is if they every have an encounter after today’s workshop that the outcome will be positive.”
The workshop included guest speakers and interactive drills such as the shooter simulation and mock traffic stops.
“Today we are working with them, we’re going to put them through some scenarios, basically to be able to walk in our shoes, so, they can see from our perspective what goes on in these encounters,” said Chief David Rausch with the Knoxville Police Department.
Participants say the experience was eye opening.
“Most kids don’t get to learn about the amendments and what the officers go through during training,” said Ke’on Smith. “The only thing we see is what’s on the news and the shootings.”