Zachary Wycuff, a graduating senior in the Criminal Justice program, has led a group of Criminal Justice freshmen in working to put together the “Night to Unite” event. Wycuff first learned about this annual event during his freshman year through the Learning Communities and First Year Experience program. During his sophomore year, he became a Peer Leader of a Criminal Justice Learning Community and chose to continue with the event.
To put on the event, the UC Criminal Justice students work with the Cincinnati Police Department (CPD) to plan an afternoon with the kids at the Lincoln Community Recreation Center in downtown Cincinnati. This year, the CPD brought a police cruiser, Segway, motorcycle, and a drug dog to the event in order to engage the kids and to provide a positive interaction with the police officers. “I think it’s extremely valuable for children to see police officers in a positive way, and not just as bad men who are out to get them,” says Wycuff. This collaboration, with officers offering general safety tips and playing with the kids, encourages them to come to the police when they are in trouble.