NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Building relationships is what corporal Ali Williams and officer Brett Rauzi love to do.
“He just got accepted into grad school! That’s what I’m talking about baby, good man! Make sure you give back because I see some youth that don’t understand what you’re going through and they need that, so be that mentor,” said Williams
The officers were at the Kuttin’ Edge Barber Shop as part of the Five-0 and Fades program.
Officers go into barbershops to try to break down barriers between police and the public.
The program started last year.
They say they’ve seen a change in the dialogue from when the initiative first started.
“Seeing us repetitively, getting used to us, then they can ask us the questions that they have, that maybe 6 months ago, they would be like ‘no way,’ ” said Rauzi.
Mother Katie Cannon brought her three boys in, and says she felt comfortable asking questions about how police interact with people who have autism.
“I was talking to the officer a few minutes ago, my oldest son is autistic, and I wanted him to understand what I feel as a mother and my son understanding it’s OK to talk to police,” said Cannon.
“It’s awesome when we can come out to a program like this and talk to a parent that needs information about, that wants to know how were trained to deal with that,” Williams said.
Officers say after coming out to barbershops a few times a month they get to know those inside on a personal level.
A way they say brings the community together.
Officers will go to different barbershops the first and third Saturday of each month.
Here are the locations you can go to for the Five-0 and Fades program.
Dr. Deon’s Unisex Barbershop
Barber Deon Briley
714 Wilson Road
Barber Greyl Douglas
737 Granby St.
Barber Jermaine Lewis
8012 Hampton Blvd .
The 4th location debuts next month, and the shop is called Better Barbers on Tidewater Drive.