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Ohio program builds trust, friendships between police, teens

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Akie Benjamin saw police officers gathered in his school s library, he assumed that he was in trouble or that something dangerous had happened. Weeks later, he recalled the situation and laughed. Center stage in the Sherwood Middle School auditorium, he wore a medal and held a certificate from those officers. They shared hugs and high-fives. I thought I was in the wrong place, the 13-year-old seventh-grader said. But after a few weeks, I started looking forward to seeing them every Thursday. They taught me a lot. Columbus Division of Police officers visit Columbus City Schools buildings weekly, mentoring students, teaching them about officers jobs and encouraging...


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