NOPD officers teach Orleans Parish students how to interact with police

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) -- About 300 male students from Orleans Parish got a lesson on interacting with police Wednesday.

The Orleans Parish School Board held the event for students in the seventh - ninth grades to teach the them how to interact with police and properly diffuse the situation. Students from Eleanor McMain Secondary, McDonogh 35 Senior High, Mary Bethune Elementary and Benjamin Franklin Elementary schools participated.

The program, conducted by the OPSB ExCEED Network office and national initiative “Learn 2 Live,” launched by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, is a collaborative effort with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).

During the event, NOBLE discussed law enforcement and community policing, an individual’s legal rights and law enforcement rules of engagement with students.

This is the first year the event has been held.

"My father was a police officer and so as I shared with the students today, it's very important for them to understand that every single day our police officers they wake up to serve and protect our communities so that we can enjoy the life that we have." said Orleans Parish Schools Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. "With that being said, I want my students to know they need to understand the relationships we must have with police officers even as we watch what may be going on around the nation."