The police perform many functions in society. The primary role of police officers is to protect and serve citizens. However, most people do not know other functions that the police offer to society, such as providing youth forums and programs that empower and educate teenagers and young adults. Police officers usually encounter many youths in conflict with the law. Thus, police officers often take initiatives such as establishing youth-oriented programs that strive to improve relationships between police and the youth and educate them on staying safe and out of trouble.