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September 06, 2016

Common Ground: Police and Teenagers Go From Strangers to Friends

Jamie Horton

BALANCING ACT: Jaheem and his crew carry out a teamwork test called Meuse as part of the Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School’s Police Youth Challenge. The team of teens and officers must strategize and communicate effectively to use a limited resource — a handful of boards — to get across a mulched area.

The first moments of the Police Youth Challenge rarely seem promising. Teenagers and officers gather in separate groups on Thursdays in Baltimore’s Leakin Park, eyeing each other warily like boys and girls at an eighth-grade dance.

But over a day...

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