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Teens join LAPD for leadership conference in San Pedro

April 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Local teenagers and the Los Angeles Police Department are joining forces.

On Thursday, 250 teens met in San Pedro with members of the LAPD for a fifth annual teen leadership conference.

They discussed gang activity, bullying and drug abuse.

But the main goal was to encourage communication between teens and their local police.

"Some fear the police department, but again, it's our hope and our mission to turn that around," said senior lead Officer Joe Buscaino.