High schoolers think about a career in policing, and “Major B” gets them started by teaching the basics. A bonus: These students' peers are developing a more positive image of the police.
BLACK LIVES MATTER
Rahzie Seals, a prominent local Black Lives Matter activist, is running for a seat on the Common Council. An added twist: Her father Thomas Seals was a reknowned officer in Syracuse for years.
BY THE NUMBERS
While SPD has made small strides, it still lags behind other police departments in terms of diversity. Nationwide, about 27% of local police officers are a racial or ethnic minority. But within the SPD, it's just 1 in 10.
CITIZEN REVIEW BOARD
The CRB was revamped in 2011, but six years later the independent watchdog struggles, despite some successes. Key positions are vacant. Board members say they get no respect. The chief says the board is focused on blame rather than the "truth."
Many community organizations are working to stop violence and improve relations between citizens and police. Here's a quick look at three people, their efforts and what's motivated them. Says Clifford Ryans: "I'm sick of the violence."