Eleven youth from the Oshawa and Clarington communities were recently selected to join five police officers for a Proaction Cops and Kids white water rafting trip to Davidson, Quebec where they challenged the rapids of the Ottawa River.
The four day Durham River Adventure program included one day of team building and training followed by a three day camping trip to Quebec. The group spent one full day on the Ottawa River combining their skills and teamwork to navigate the challenging rapids.
The Proaction Cops and Kids program is designed to break down any preconceived notions that youth have about police and promote positive relationships between police and youth in our communities. The trip was a huge success with the entire group ending up in the frigid waters of the river after flipping their rafts!
The Durham River program is one of two annual outdoor wilderness adventure excursions run by Durham Regional Police Service. A four day canoe trip into the interior of Algonquin Provincial Park will take place in July.
Both programs are funded by Proaction Cops and Kids. The group believes that establishing a positive relationship between cops and kids will strengthen our community today and in the future. By funding programs that bring local cops and kids together, Proaction Cops and Kids help create an environment of mutual understanding and respect.
A trailer used to transport equipment for the trip was generously donated by the Police Appreciation and Dinner and Awards Night Committee.
For more information on these excursions contact Constable Stefanie Puckrin or Detective Constable Brandon Stanway at 905-579-1520.
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Officers and Local Youth on the Ottawa River (JPG file, 126.1K bytes)
Braving the Rapids (JPG file, 247.7K bytes)