It's a conversation that many people say should've happened much sooner - bridging the gap between police and the community.
These conversations are happening all across the country, including right here in Chattanooga.
Tyner High School senior Cedric Fifer sat alongside his peers Thursday. All of them were hoping to bridge the gap between police and their community.
"It is important because they're [police] here for your safety. Some people might not trust them, but they are here for your safety and that is the most important thing," said Fifer.
Deputy James Brock is a patrolman for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. He's also working as the school's resource officer.
Thursday, he spoke to juniors and seniors at Tyner High to help them gain a better connection with police.
"They see me here and they come and say he's human too, he's got feelings, he understands problems, he has problems himself he's not perfect, then when they run into police officers on the streets, they'll treat them differently hopefully," said Deputy Brock.
Patrick Hampton is the director of a local mentorship program. He organized Thursday's conversation at Tyner High School.
"I believe as a community we need to be proactive about informing our young people about how the police operate and how they should respond to the police," said Hampton.
Even outside the classroom, residents say a better connection with police could help solve crimes.
"All police are not bad, all police are not good. People are just people and you've got to look at them from that and don't take judgment," said Southside resident Tawana Hinton.
Fifer just wants everyone to hear this.
"They are here for your safety and your well-being," said Fifer.
Those teens were in the Goodwill Youth Advantage Mentoring program. You can read more here
Meanwhile, the Chattanooga Police Department recently kicked off its RESTART program to better connect with residents.
The goal of Restart is to help build a diverse police force that fully represents the community.
You can read more about Restart here
By Jerry Askin