Who We Support
Oklahoma City Police Department F.A.C.T.
Leadership Foundation of Oklahoma
Award Date: November 25, 2020
The Oklahoma City Police Department has been in the center of a renewed conversation on race and policing. The Family Awareness and Community Teamwork (FACT) Unit has been very successful since its inception (2007) in building positive relationships in communities of color. The central location for all programing started at the Northeast Community Center where 95 percent of the participants were Black. This location continues this work, along with the Hathaway Community Center located in southeast Oklahoma City, where majority of the participants are Hispanic. FACT continues to expand the program to reach more youth and families from these communities with the belief that the relationships formed through mentoring allows police officers to better understand the systematic barriers Black and Brown families face. The FACT Unit also humanizes the badge for these communities and helps reduces the natural tension between the profession and Black and Brown Communities.