The best way to learn about another person is to sit down together and listen and talk to each other. That is what Lunch with the Law was all about as members of local law enforcement visited with members of UEHS The Squad and JFS Brother to Brother.
In its second year, the gathering strives to break barriers, change preconceived perceptions, and understand each other It gives law enforcement officers and officials and students the opportunity to speak their truth and listens to what others have to say.
SUNY Broome Men of Excellence member Talik Farmer, a sophomore, along with other members of the group, led the event.
After introductions and lunch, mixed groups of students and professionals were formed. Introductions were made and the they sat back and had honest conversations.
More than a dozen law enforcement professionals attended, including U-E SRO Brandon Leonard, Binghamton Police Lieutenant Alan Quiones, Broome County Sheriff Dave Harder, and criminal justice Professor Leigh Morrissey, among others. Also in attendance was a special surprise visitor; Kyle Wolf. Wolf was the original adviser for The Squad who moved out of the area last summer. Students were thrilled to see their mentor!
Thank you to U-E adviser Chris Murdock, associate principal Tom Bierworth, SUNY Broome Men of Excellence, and all those who took the time to make this event a success.