Cops and Kids is a year-round after-school program for elementary (5-8) and high school students which includes 2 tournaments with student and police officers and Criminal Justice professionals. The program is intended to promote peace in the home, schools and communities by increasing positive relationships between youth and police officers while utilizing the game of chess as the vehicle for engagement. The initiative utilizes Restorative Justice Practices to empower students through respect, responsibility, relationship-building, while teaching how to resolve conflicts through cooperative and constructive ways.