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Bridging the gap between law enforcement and residents through dialogue, basketball tournament

Posted April 1, 2019

Two days of fun, community dialogue and basketball are in store for Fort Worth Police officers and the youth of Fort Worth during the second annual Bridging the Gap event, which will take place at Sycamore Community Center, 2525 E. Rosedale.

The first day, Friday, April 19, will last from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and will include open forums, dialogue and role play between law enforcement and young people ages 10-17. Guest speakers will attend, as will key City of Fort Worth officials. There will also be video presentations and interactive activities. Lunch will be provided for the event’s youth participants.

The second day will include a single-elimination basketball tournament for boys ages 14-17, beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting until 6 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Teams will compete for the inaugural Bridging the Gap Trophy, and concessions will be available. There will be a $2 fee for tournament spectators.

The event is intended to help “bridge the gap” between law enforcement and the local community to promote positive relationships between residents and Fort Worth Police. The event aims to create an atmosphere for open dialogue, positive interaction and engagement that will lead to improved relations with police. The ultimate goal is to reduce apprehension around police interactions, make the community safer and ultimately create mutual respect between participants and law enforcement.

The event will be hosted by the FW@6 program, which aims to reach at-risk youth in need of safe places and structured activities that promote positive life outcomes and encourage responsible community stewardship. The core elements of the program include education and personal development, employment readiness, recreation, life skills and community responsibility. The program is available at five of the city’s community centers.

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Spring Lock In at Como Community Center: 8 a.m. April 18, 2019; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

Collective Bargaining Public Notice for Fort Worth Professional Fire Fighters Association: 9 a.m. April 18, 2019; IAFF Local 440 Office, 3855 Tulsa Way, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.
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Urban Design Commission Public Hearing: 10 a.m. April 18, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Urban Design Commission Work Session Following Public Hearing: 10 a.m. April 18, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Canceled Community Action Partners (CAP) Council: 1:30 p.m. April 18, 2019; Fort Worth City Credit Union First Floor Board Room, 2309 Montgomery Street.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions Board of Commissioners Special Meeting: 4 p.m. April 18, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office, Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street, Fort Worth, Texas.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting: 5 p.m. April 18, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office, Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street, Fort Worth, Texas.
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Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at Greenbriar Community Center: 5 p.m. April 18, 2019; Greenbriar Community Center, 5200 Hemphill St.

Fort Worth Affordability, Inc. Board of Directors Special Meeting: 5 p.m. April 18, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office, Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street, Fort Worth, Texas.
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Trinity River Public Facility Corporation Board of Directors Special Meeting: 5 p.m. April 18, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office, Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street, Fort Worth, Texas.
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Southwest Boulevard Bike Lanes Project Meeting: 7 p.m. April 18, 2019; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

Collective Bargaining Public Notice for Fort Worth Professional Fire Fighters Association: 9 a.m. April 19, 2019; IAFF Local 440 Office , 3855 Tulsa Way, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.
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Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at MLK Jr. Community Center: 5 p.m. April 19, 2019; MLK Jr. Community Center, 5565 Truman Drive.

Fort Worth Crud Cruiser Event: 9 a.m. April 20, 2019; Casino Beach Park , 7451 Watercress Drive, Fort Worth 76135.

Egg Hunt Extravaganza at Andrew Doc Session Community Center: 10 a.m. April 20, 2019; Andrew Doc Session Community Center, 201 S. Sylvania Ave.

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at Fire Station Community Center: 10 a.m. April 20, 2019; Fire Station Community Center, 1601 Lipscomb.

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at Thomas Place Community Center: 10 a.m. April 20, 2019; Thomas Place Community Center, 4237 Lafayette Ave.

Easter Eggstravaganza at Victory Forest Community Center: 11:30 a.m. April 20, 2019; Victory Forest Community Center, 3427 Hemphill.

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at Riverside Community Center: noon April 20, 2019; Riverside Community Center, 3700 E. Belknap St.

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at Eugene McCray Community Center: noon April 20, 2019; Eugene McCray Community Center, 4932 Wilbarger.

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at Como Community Center: noon April 20, 2019; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

Fort Worth Crud Cruiser Event: noon April 20, 2019; Diamond Hill Community Center , 1701 N.E. 36th St, Fort Worth 76106.

Compost 101: 1 p.m. April 20, 2019; Fort Worth Botanic Garden Compost Outpost, 3408 West Freeway.
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Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at Northside Community Center: 2:30 p.m. April 20, 2019; Northside Community Center, 1100 NW 18th St.

Building Standards Commission Pre-Meeting: 9 a.m. April 22, 2019; City Hall, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Collective Bargaining Negotiations with the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local Union 440: 9 a.m. April 22, 2019; IAFF Local 440 Office, 3855 Tulsa Way.
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Building Standards Commission Meeting: 9:30 a.m. April 22, 2019; City Hall, Council Chamber, 200 Texas Street.
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Northside Area Community Meeting: 6:30 p.m. April 22, 2019; Northside Community Center, 1100 NW 18th St.

Northside Area Community Meeting: 6:30 p.m. April 22, 2019; Northside Community Center, 1100 NW 18th St.

Collective Bargaining Negotiations with the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local Union 440: 9 a.m. April 23, 2019; IAFF Local 440 Office, 3855 Tulsa Way.
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Canceled City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. April 23, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Civil Service Commission: 6 p.m. April 23, 2019; Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex Auditorium, 505 West Felix Street.
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How to Form an LLC or Corporation in One Day in Texas: 6:45 p.m. April 23, 2019; SCORE Conference Room at the Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway.
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Canceled City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. April 23, 2019; City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

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