Crab Cake Row: Police on the street and Preparing Youth For Tomorrow through trust and understanding

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Crab Cake Row: Two young Baltimore police officers educate us on Preparing Youth For Tomorrow work. Founder Kevin Moody and Derrick Johnson Jr. give Nestor the realities of life on the streets for cops who are trying to make a difference with kids.


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Kevin Moody, Derrick Johnson Jr., Nestor J. Aparicio

Nestor J. Aparicio  00:00

quarterback wn st Towson, Baltimore positive. We are positively data failures in Lexington market. A couple of tech problems. It’s a little a little listening issue for me. I got two guys here. They’re ready to talk to me about preparing you for tomorrow. I told you guys that like, I didn’t know you and you know me somehow. And the Coppin State connection was Angel Rees and you do some work with her. And then we did a rotary I’ve done one rotary in my whole life. Yeah. When you guys came up with the rotary, I’m like, Ah, okay. It was about three months ago. Maybe that November, December? Yes. Tell everybody what you guys do. Could you send me emails you got changed your mentality change your reality? Oh, yeah. What is your reality?


Kevin Moody  00:43

Oh, my reality is actually being a servant than a police officer for close to 10 years now. I’ve been knowing this great man right here for about the same time, almost 10 years and we connect it. Just off the bat. We know we have a lot of parallels in our lives. We know a lot of mutual people. And a lot of our principles, our core values are the same. And it really sparked the idea for us to leverage our profession and to continue to be in our mission with bridging the gap and just being of service.

Nestor J. Aparicio  01:15

Talk to me what’s going on Coppin State the other day, I was a big night out.

Derrick Johnson Jr.  01:18

There was a great night. It was a great night. It was great for the city. It was great for for us. Yeah. You know, and it was great for for Captain. Well, yeah, that the score? Well,

Nestor J. Aparicio  01:29


I’d say the same thing. My wife was watching Caitlin Clark play the other night down in Maryland. And we were sitting over Costas, and we’ll be there tomorrow. And I said, and this is an amazing thing that women basketball because I’m an avid follow, I covered High School women’s basketball in the late 80s at the Baltimore Sun, and it was always Title Nine and yeah, be the plane. It’s nice that nobody now there’s a level of focus on these great female athletes. And to see copula. They’re our partner, we, you know, we’re, we’re their flagship have been for about a decade now. And when they told me the LSU was coming in, I’m like, that’s a home game. That’s what you got to do. Yes, that’s it. So for you guys preparing you for tomorrow. Talk about your work on the streets officer. Things you see here that regular folks don’t see the say, this is a nice, this is something we can improve upon?

Kevin Moody  02:16

Yes. Well, for me, and I will say this, I’m just being candid, having a uniform on created a barrier. And for good reason. A lot of trust has been lost. And I think it’s been throughout the whole entire country. But personally, with me being a police officer, I’ve known that this is uniform. It means so much for many different people for many different reasons. So we could just change the narrative or restore order, restore trust, restore faith, restore hope, you know why? Why not try it and not allow the community to feel like we have not done our due diligence. So with preparing you for tomorrow, we’re able to offer mentorship, and we foster strong connections between the community and law enforcement. So that’s what we were here to do. We’ve

Nestor J. Aparicio  03:12

been a law enforcement officer, eight years now eight years and how long has this been going on? That this project you guys have been working on?

Derrick Johnson Jr.  03:21

So the I love to hear on paper, the project has been going on for less than a year. In March is when we got all the paperwork back from the IRS, we have a 501 C three everything as file so it’s all you know, legit. But as far as this work and being in the community, it’s been going on my entire adult life almost 20 years. We just from one part of town. I’m from West Baltimore, a lot of my homies Baltimore,


Kevin Moody  03:49

okay, where you from? I’m from East Park Ville, that area, gotcha village area, but I also have a lot of strong groups in the West Baltimore Park Heights area as well. I’m

Nestor J. Aparicio  03:58

just Dundalk man and trying to get people on the other side of town. We I said this West door at pack Street. I’d never been in that door or out of that door. Because I always came through the market on

Kevin Moody  04:09

on the first time and going through this door

Nestor J. Aparicio  04:15


compared to families and meet me like well, the markets closed on the front end, I used to walk through like the big grand entrance over on Utah Street. Now I’m over on this side. And we’re about to move by 50 feet down the road here when he goes to one at the rotary that day. Um, then I met you guys, we remember Jesus and little little Yes,

Derrick Johnson Jr.  04:30

we we were doing the same thing that uh, that you were doing, we was coming to present coming to let everybody know about what it was that we do. But we was actually able to hear your story and I appreciate to say and that’s how we like you said we know you.

Nestor J. Aparicio  04:47

You put me on your mailing list to my card that day. And I started getting the mailers and I had been dreaming up doing this thing this week. And I’m like that you know, preparing you for tomorrow local all Baltimore. I’m like, I’m gonna invite those guys. I didn’t know that I like You guys do walk in the door. By the way, we got Kevin moody here, Derrick Johnson Jr. They are the guests here. We’re fade these we’re doing crabcake row and a cup of Super Bowl. So for you guys, as police officers seeing things on the street, what are we trying to accomplish here? What are our goals? What’s the mission? what’s this gonna look like five years from now than the

Derrick Johnson Jr.  05:18

mission, he’s already said it is to provide mentoring and to foster stronger relationships between the community and police. But of course, it’s preparing youth for tomorrow. So we have a more streamlined goal of dismantling school to prison pipeline. So that that, you know, building the relationship, like he said that those uniforms that creates a barrier, and kids, forget kids, everybody, they see us, and they are low, you know, weary, it’s police. So we want people to know that we’re people, we want people to know that we care. We are from here, I didn’t come from another state, another. I’m from here. I’ve grown up some of the things that people express to me that they are afraid of us because of our experience. And when we go in and we speak to kids, you know, they talk about how can someone who doesn’t come from my community really cared. But the first question I asked when I come in the room is who wants to be a police, and none of them raised their hand. So as to show them that, hey, you could be from here, you can be a part of this, and you can be a part of that change.

Nestor J. Aparicio  06:24

And you guys have known each other how long since childhood or No, no,

Kevin Moody  06:28

no. We’ve been in law enforcement. But we know a lot of the same people like a lot of parallels. He was in the school system. I worked with Sheppard Pratt, I worked with the youth throughout my whole life. I’ve been a man of service throughout my whole life. So again, it’s like a divine type of order that that took place in for us to be a part of this mission. This purpose is just like Man, if you couldn’t make this up, yes.

Nestor J. Aparicio  06:53

Me just yelling about it and telling our audience what can people do to help you guys? What can our audience do?

Derrick Johnson Jr.  06:59


Well, you got to go on our website. Our website is we have different ways that people can donate we you can you can reach out at so that you know if you have any youth any kids that you would like us to come and speak to we’d love to do that. We also have a fundraiser coming up in August I know you might be interested in this as a sport with doing a golf fundraiser. So we’ll get that information out I don’t go off you don’t go you don’t go battle golf

Nestor J. Aparicio  07:32

now. I’ve gone off because like I don’t golf and that sets us through my background. I mean if my back were good I would play baseball again. I love to play baseball so if my back were not volatile like at an L three l four level back but the thought of swinging the golf club right now feels like I don’t want to do that

Kevin Moody  07:55

right this minute I got some back issues

Nestor J. Aparicio  07:59

maybe I will do that that’s all from


Kevin Moody  08:02

no torque just get a little

Nestor J. Aparicio  08:04

serve drinks I tried to appear card I’ll do a you know there’s a lot of things I could do there will be a beverage I will serve as an instant partner if you want me to you know you need me to come out for like a little you know 12 footer downhill I can

Kevin Moody  08:17

outside the box in terms of volunteering. We love it. We love it. August 23

Nestor J. Aparicio  08:21


will serve and drinks it’s like that’s volunteering, right?

Kevin Moody  08:24

It is every service

Nestor J. Aparicio  08:28

history golf is everybody’s quiet out there. It’s like Dennis

Kevin Moody  08:37

you like to prefer cop a

Nestor J. Aparicio  08:39

basketball game we’re gonna get yell that

Derrick Johnson Jr.  08:40

Yeah. I enjoyed this.

Nestor J. Aparicio  08:42

Angel we get celebrity people here man we got you said you’re providing some some protection for her. I like she protects herself. She looks like so especially in a pinch. You can hold on.

Kevin Moody  08:58


We just watched on a six

Derrick Johnson Jr.  09:00

by stick up behind me go play basketball with her parents, you know. So what’s funny about it is you know, people see what they see on TV. But that’s that’s that’s not her that that she she’s she’s she’s shy. Believe it or not. She’s quiet. She’s calm. Right. I told him that the last time we she had when she had made quite

Nestor J. Aparicio  09:20

a name for herself with a spotlight on it for better or worse and she got urinated upon and got rained down on and like at that moment for taunting or whatever it is. She’ll have to live with that. But that’s part of competition.

Derrick Johnson Jr.  09:31

And that’s what I was about to say. I think we all have that because it’s I told him I said when she gets a ball in her hand is different. And she was out there literally had a basketball she was just you know, they were just passing the ball back and forth. But literally when the ball gets in her hand, you see this other person’s


Kevin Moody  09:46

facial expression and everything is different. Yeah, that

Derrick Johnson Jr.  09:49

fire but what people see on TV and all of that that was, you know, cast upon her that’s not starstruck

Nestor J. Aparicio  09:56

by her was I was Kim monkeys outfit, you know, saying

Kevin Moody  10:02


We’re waiting for her to come out.

Derrick Johnson Jr.  10:04

She took forever to come out

Kevin Moody  10:08

of nowhere, right? We would like to have an outfit.

Derrick Johnson Jr.  10:14

Shot and lit right, right, right.


Nestor J. Aparicio  10:16

Yeah, I don’t know. I mean, there’s a little part of me that I’m an old school wrestling fan. So I appreciate it good Ric Flair you know outfit or Ric Flair. Ladies college basketball coaches right? Yeah, absolutely. We got people actually here having lunch today fadeless I can let you guys go promote what you’re preparing you for tomorrow. Where to find you how to get involved. Local police officers you’re doing the right thing by yo

Kevin Moody  10:40

you can find us on all social media platforms PYTI and see it’ll come right up and remember we have our golf and fundraiser August 23. And oh yeah, we just things down. CMP YT py so excuse me. P YTMDP. yt is pretty young thing. He was py TI and Cmd on us on all social media platforms. Yes. I’m used to. Yes.

Derrick Johnson Jr.  11:12

So everybody can remember that to help you remember P YT. Microtex. They go p y TI and CMB also sheet. There we go. Yeah, and then our website like we say that will have the information coming out for the golf fundraiser soon. It’s already the date and all of that is already locked in. So what are we playing? Pine Ridge Pine Ridge.

Nestor J. Aparicio  11:30


My radio station went by Pong.

Derrick Johnson Jr.  11:32

I told you come on. Oh, classic five.

Nestor J. Aparicio  11:35

uns T one classic but they have this beautiful golf simulator. They’re up on the range. fantastic thing. My ladies come through getting sandwiches. We gotta take a break Kevin Moody’s here Derek Johnson is here preparing you for tomorrow next rotary or something like that. A rotary man make sure you yell at me because I’m I’m like everybody else with the police. I don’t interact so much with police

Kevin Moody  12:02

trying to I couldn’t do that. The barriers that barrier


Derrick Johnson Jr.  12:05

and that’s what we try and say hey, guess what? We’ve done that right? Yes, that’s the goal. That’s the mission. We’re

Nestor J. Aparicio  12:11

all like dressed up I’d been like

Kevin Moody  12:15

you’re not coming to see would have been that’s

Derrick Johnson Jr.  12:18


what we tried to stop. Alright, I’m

Nestor J. Aparicio  12:19

trying to stay on time here. I gotta I gotta hear I got back here. I got people lining up has a tech problems. We’re gonna get back. We’re gonna talk about the Greater Baltimore. Say that again? chamber. Yeah, no greater, greater Baltimore chamber from Northwest Baltimore. Hey, I had great food at your event. That’s all that matters. I have a great food here. We’re failing. We’re doing it all for the Maryland lottery in conjunction with friends and wind donation, as well as Jiffy Lube multi care. I’m Kevin Mayer, lottery scratch offs. We’ll be doing that all week long. We’re going to be Costas on Tuesday. Going to be Coco’s Wednesday, Thursday at State Fair Friday open Pappas. And it’s a couple of Super Bowl come on down support the Maryland Food Bank, bring us canned goods, bring us dry stuff. Bring us lasagna from wise markets, and we’ll make sure that you get a cup of soup or bowl I am Esther, we’re back for more from families in Lexington market. I get my tech order. Right after this.

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