With that idea in mind, Foddrell went to see Booth, who immediately liked the idea, she said.
Foddrell even chose the name “Peace”, which stands for “Police Embrace Active Community Engagement”.
She will serve as the facility manager, along with Cpl. Sylvia Brooks from the police department and two school resource officers.
The program will be available for young people between the ages of 10 and 18, along with other programs for younger people, Foddrell said.
Young people will register for the programs and will have a membership card to admit them.
Booth said police would still be working outside the building, but a youth center is the “best way to use this facility.”
“Like a lot of things, we talked about feasibility and what the community wanted,” Booth said. “It’s about building a relationship between the police and the community, and in the end, that’s what makes a community safer.
The center will include video game and arcade options, a skeeball, pool table, televisions, dance space and homework location, as well as an event planning and scheduling space for the engagement team, according to a press release.
According to Kenny Lewis, director of the organization, tutoring will also be available through the Danville Church-based tutoring program.