"Dominoes, More than A Game"
Making Good Decisions
"We believe the most important relationship in our country today and tomorrow is the relationship between the police and the community." Travis Newsome 2015
"Dominoes, More Than A Game," is an innovative community engagement program involving the local police department and high schools. We believe by simply talking and interacting with police officers in a casual non-confrontational manner is an avenue to enhance that relationship. Law enforcement believes the same thing.
Our goal with the direct assistance of the SRO (school resource officers) and other police officers is to form domino clubs in high schools all over the country. The SRO will serve as a coach along with the assistance of parents and seasoned domino players.
Schools will compete in local, state, and national tournaments/competitions. We believe the desire to compete nationally and the desire to see better police/community relationships will fuel the program.
How many police/community initiatives have a national focus?
We also plan to provide college scholarships not later than the second year of the program. Offering scholarships will provide another key avenue of interest.
Each high school will have the responsibility of creating programs through their domino club to help improve police/community relationships.
There will also be a competition to determine the best and most effective community engagement initiative by high schools with the anticipation of duplicating those programs in other similar cities.
Success often comes from making good decisions. The game of dominoes is no exception. To be successful at dominoes, players will have to focus and make good decisions in the following areas:
* critical thinking
* deductive reasoning
* probability analysis
* logical reasoning
* managing adversity
Additional benefits from students that excel in the program are:
* school pride
* neighborhood pride
* improved social skills