City of Angels is one of our oldest, most effective efforts, addressing one of the most relevant issues in our society today: the strained relationship between Emergency Services (Police, Fire, EMT) Personnel and the communities they serve.
We create safe spaces for kids to interact with emergency personnel in their own way, allowing them to address their misconceptions in the interest of safety, comfort, and positive communication. Conversely it helps humanize the community that first responders engage with.
To create healthy communities, we must destroy the barriers that separate us.
Our nation faces difficult times, divided on important issues and fearful of the future. It seems like every day we are hearing of a new injustice between police and the public. The purpose of the City of Angels program is to address the misunderstandings between emergency response personnel and low-income neighborhoods, and end these tragedies.
Now, more than ever, we must ensure that our kids are not afraid to call for help because of misconceptions about “911” from experience, interactions, or stories from friends and family. More importantly, we must give our law enforcement officers the skills and confidence to interact with the communities that they serve. What began as a Kids’ ‘touch-a-firetruck’ event outside a stadium has evolved into something far more meaningful for communities.
Emergency personnel will be around to answer questions and facilitate learning and understanding. Each event has a special guest speaker who share with attendees about the importance of emergency services, what they do, what their challenges are, and what steps they’re taking to be more accountable to their communities.
City of Angels events are casual, intended to emphasize the "person behind the badge",remind participants that Police, Fireman and EMT’s are people too.
Our goal is to make kids from low-income neighborhoods more comfortable calling Police, Fire and First Responders, and to make Emergency Personnel more comfortable in the communities they serve so selflessly.
These community “icebreakers” are our way of building bridges and correcting misinformation at young, impressionable ages.
Are you a local agency or event planner who would like to partner with City of Angels? Contact us to find out what impact we can make together.