City leaders, police meet with Columbus church youth group to focus on better communication

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–The Columbus Central Seventh-Day Adventist Church took time out from its regular Saturday service to focus on better communication between police and the youth in the Columbus community in light of the recent violence around the country. There was singing, fellowship and a focus on the future for the local youth.

Young people attending Saturday’s service has the opportunity to ask both city leaders and local police any questions they had. Ian Bruce, a member of a religious youth group called the Pathfinders, said he had some to ask.

“Will it be safe for me to grow up and be able to do the things I can do? How will it affect my friends and family?” said Bruce.

Pastor John Boston II explained why Saturday’s service was so important.

“I think that this is very unique dialog because there’s so many people angry right now. And it’s rightfully so. It’s an appropriate emotion for what’s taken place across the country. And I think that this dialog is very important,” said Boston.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther attended the service to assure the youth of the congregation that there is hope despite all of the recent national despair.

“Adults have let you down. But know that there is an overwhelming majority of adults who love you,” said Ginther.

The message from Columbus Police was that the youth should feel comfortable reaching out to these officers anytime and anywhere.

“If they have a problem in their neighborhood that they need help with we’re right there for them. Police officers are not gonna mind stopping by a young person’s home and talking to them about where they can go get resources or the fact that we’ve learned over the years on how to deal with problems that you’re dealing with,” explained Deputy Chief Richard Bash, Columbus Division of Police.

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