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LAPD Chief of Police Charlie Beck, BBBSLA Board Chair Laura Lizer, BBBSLA President and CEO Tiffany Siart, LA Rams Director Player Engagement and former Big Brother and NFL player La’Roi Glove Photo by:    Christian Thomasr

LAPD Chief of Police Charlie Beck, BBBSLA Board Chair Laura Lizer, BBBSLA President and CEO Tiffany Siart, LA Rams Director Player Engagement and former Big Brother and NFL player La’Roi Glover

Photo by:    Christian Thomas
 

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Bigs in Blue” Pairs Youth and LAPD in National Mentorship Program

The Los Angeles Rams Provide Program Support

 

Los Angeles, CA – December 2, 2016 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) President and CEO Tiffany Siart announced a partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department, part of a national mentorship program titled Bigs in Blue, at a press conference on December 1, 2016 at LAPD headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.  The program pairs law enforcement volunteers, “Bigs”, with children in local communities, or “Littles”.  Bigs in Blue provides adult friendship, support and encouragement, as well as positive interaction with members of the LAPD, to young people in underserved communities.  The event also recognized the support by the Los Angeles Rams NFL football team to the Bigs in Blue and to BBBSLA.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) is the nation’s oldest mentorship program, with a mission of pairing children facing adversity, with one on one mentorship relationships. BBBSA recognized a growing need for improved communication and understanding between law enforcement and communities of color and developed Bigs in Blue, now being rolled out in participating cities nationally, in response. BBBSLA realizes that building relationships of trust between young people of Los Angeles and the LAPD will affect lasting and positive change in community relations. 

"We know that developing a relationship between law enforcement and vulnerable communities through the power of mentorship can effect transformative change. We have already seen first-hand the life-changing impact that LAPD Bigs, already in our program, have made in the lives of their Littles. And also the incredible impact those littles have made in the lives of their Bigs”, said Tiffany Siart.

Charlie Beck, Chief of Police, speaking on behalf of the LAPD, has signed a five-year agreement to provide departmental support to recruit Bigs in Blue mentors from among officers and staff, especially male officers.  The mission is to commit a minimum of 20 “Bigs” per year for the period of the agreement. The LAPD partnership goal is to provide positive and supportive role models to boys and girls, inspire community trust, and reduce the incidents of juvenile crime, drug and alcohol use, truancy and other at risk behavior.

Being a trusted community resource is built one relationship at a time. It is more crucial than ever for us to engage with our youth in meaningful ways, particularly with kids in underserved communities, so they have an early, and positive experience with law enforcement, one they may not have had before. The Bigs in Blue of the LAPD will be part of that child’s life during critical years providing friendship, encouragement, guidance, and modeling a path to success. I am proud of the men and women of the LAPD who have already stepped up to be a positive role model in a young person’s life,” said Chief Beck.

The Los Angeles Rams have been enthusiastic supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters in their former home of St. Louis and now in Los Angeles. They provide tickets to home games, interactive opportunities, and participate in fundraisers.   As the Rams look for ways to help build a bridge between law enforcement and the communities they serve, the team is interested in the potential of Bigs in Blue to assist vulnerable youth and develop trust and communication between communities and the police.

“As a supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters and a past Big, I can personally attest to the power of the Big-Little mentoring relationship,” said La’Roi Glover, director of player engagement for the Los Angeles Rams and six-time NFL Pro Bowl defensive tackle, who was a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team from 2000-2009. “As an organization, Bigs in Blue gives us an opportunity to be actively engaged in building positive relationships between police and the communities they serve.  We’re excited to help bring awareness to the need and reward those who make the commitment to be part of the solution.” 

In recognition of January as National Mentoring Month, the Rams will highlight the new initiative during the team’s January 1, 2017. The team has also provided BBBSLA with 100 tickets to the game, so Big and Little pairs including current LAPD matches in Bigs in Blue can enjoy the game. 

Also in attendance at the press conference were Los Angeles Police Commission Vice President Steve Soboroff, a past president of BBBSLA, and a “Big” for 48 years; LAPD officer Keith Mott, a current “Big”; and members of the Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives (ABLE); Latin American Law Enforcement Association (LaLey); Los Angeles Women Police Officers and Associates (LAWPOA); Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation (OJB); Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL); Command Officers Association (COA) and LEAAP.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters ensures that the children in its program achieve such measurable outcomes as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Founded by Walt Disney and Meredith Willson in 1955, they are a leading non-profit in the Los Angeles community. To learn more, visit www.GoBigLA.org, follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bbbsla, Facebook at www.facebook.com/bbbsla and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/bbbsla.

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