NYPD Law Enforcement celebrates Black dads in East New York

Dads of all ages filled the community center with their children and were reminded that their role of dad goes beyond the title.

Shniece Archer

Feb 25, 2024, 11:38 PM

Updated 56 days ago

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Brooklyn dads received more than just flowers on Sunday. THE NYPD's Youth Service Division created their first Black Dads Are Dope Luncheon. They teamed up with all the schools in District 19 and nominated dozens of fathers to be celebrated during Black History Month.
Dads of all ages filled the community center with their children and were reminded that their role of dad goes beyond the title. Kids of all ages gave speeches and expressed what their dad means to them.
According to the NYPD, it was important for the children to see their fathers being supported, uplifted and empowered by law enforcement. Many officers said there's a stigma in the Black community that Black dads aren't around, and it was important for them to change that narrative.
Many attendees told News 12 the luncheon provided evidence that strong, powerful and supportive Black dads do exists and it's time to shine a light on them.
"This is a time to celebrate Black fatherhood and honor it and acknowledge the impact and the importance of Black fatherhood within the community," said an officer with the Community Affairs Youth strategy division.
This was the first Black Dads Are Dope Luncheon and organizers told News 12 their goal is to make it a tradition. Officers also said they will continue to build strong relationships within the community.
"We're also just trying to bridge the gap between police officers and the community itself so that way they can understand that we can't do it on our own," said an officer with the Strategies Division.
The organizers of the luncheon said they're already looking forward to next year and they hope to expand to other boroughs.


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