Originally Posted: 7:41 AM, APRIL 12, 2016, BY NICOLE DIANTONIO (FOX 4 KC)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City based program aimed at creating positive relationships between police and the black community is expanding to other cities across the country.
The OK Program now serves more than 300 African-American students in the metro. In the next couple months, the program will expand to New Orleans and Atlanta.
The executive director of the OK Program says they hope to prevent the events that happened in Ferguson and Baltimore from happening in Kansas City.
"One thing we noticed in recent history is that police are in continuous enforcement mode," OK Program executive director Darron Story said. "What we are trying to do is change that. We are trying to put police in advocacy mode. Where they are in a position doing something prior to something bad happening. Let's put them on the front end of this thing instead of the back and we're putting kids in the back of police cars or in body bags which is worse."
The organization will open its doors to the community on Tuesday to spread awareness about community policing. The event starts at 5:30 and runs to 7:30 p.m., at Tannin Wine Bar and Kitchen.