Mayor Carlo DeMaria would like to congratulate the Everett Police Department (EPD) and the Boys & Girls Club (BGC) on a successful collaboration that brought a new mural to the Everett Police Department. The EPD and BGC worked together over the last few months to create a piece of art that depicts several important themes of youth and police interaction. The mural is now displayed on EPD main stairwell.
“This art collaboration was a great project for the youth of Everett,” Mayor DeMaria said. “The City of Everett has always encouraged strong community ties, and this piece of art represents the wonderful relationship that the Everett Police Department and the Boys & Girls Club have maintained.”
The EPD and BGC first sought funding to support creation of an urban art mural in the police department. They then worked to generate ideas and sketches that depicted values important to BGC and the greater Everett community. Some of their topics included youth/police interaction, bullying, youth safety, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, education and community unity. Finally, under the guidance of the BGC’s art and club directors, the vision for the mural turned into a reality. The work is now permanently in place on the
EPD main stairwell.
The BGC has worked with the EPD to support positive decision-making and avoidance of delinquent behavior for Everett’s youth. The philosophy behind the BGC and EPD partnership is rooted in increasing the amount of positive exposure Club members have with law enforcement personnel and improving the exchange of information to prevent youth violence and delinquency.