You & Five-O is a community-focused, woman-owned organization that offers engaging, interactive, and candid workshops designed to educate participants on practical, life-saving strategies to employ when interacting with law enforcement. Our participants learn about their constitutional rights, how to safely exercise their rights during vehicle and on-street encounters, as well as law enforcement’s role in protecting citizenry.
We invite discussion during our workshops and provide a safe space for people to ask questions, provide feedback, and share their thoughts about the police without judgement.
This workshop is a must in today’s environment of heightened awareness and sensitivity to police interactions. It is definitely an eye opener!
- Rev. Larry Wilder, Community Member
Our presentations are taught by retired Deputy Police Chief B.J. Council, who was the first African-American female to achieve that rank within the Durham City Police Department. You & Five-O pays homage to the merits of compliance & communication with officers of the law, with the goal of lessening the mistrust and misperceptions between officers and citizens. We promote mutual respect and understanding, with the ultimate goal of survival.
We believe change is possible when both sides take time to communicate, respect, and understand each other.
Communication and education are essential between community and police, especially during these times. You & Five-O allows us to have these tough conversations and demonstrates what our responsibilities are to one another.
- Chief W. Horton, Former Town of Carrboro Police Chief
Our workshops are available virtually and in-person. The content of the presentation is appropriate for youth, adults, non-profits, and community organizations; it also makes a great addition to diversity training for corporations. Our workshops average 90-120 minutes, but can also be half or full days; we are flexible to make our program work for you.
We prefer a 2 hour time-frame, and ask for a minimum of 90 minutes, so we have plenty of time to answer questions and allow discussion. However, we can split our virtual workshops up into two hour-long sessions if that is preferred. We are careful to practice social distancing and wear masks when presenting in-person.
Let us know what you are looking for. We are happy to adapt to find the best option for you!
Meet The Founder
Beverly “BJ” Council is the founder and primary presenter of You & Five-O, LLC (YFO). As the first African-American female to achieve the rank of Deputy Chief within the Durham City Police Department, she addresses community challenges slowly and methodically to create lasting change. As a Black female and retired police officer, she offers a unique view from both sides: she understands the police perspective while also being aware of the systemic issues and generational trauma that affect the Black and Brown communities.
BJ created You & Five-O in 2015 as a response to the rise of deaths that were occurring during interactions between law enforcement and the communities they serve. After retiring from the Durham Police Department, BJ wanted to find a way to ensure that law enforcement maintained its honor of serving and protecting those in need, while also understanding the importance of asking and, most importantly, hearing the community about how they need to be served.