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  Officers and Kids Take the Great Outdoors by Storm

Jan 16, 2012 10:28 ET

On Jan. 9, four DRP officers and nine youth embarked on a challenging three-day snowshoeing and dogsledding trip to Haliburton. The Durham Dogsled Adventure is the newest program in the Durham Adventure series which includes a five-day canoe trip through Algonquin Park and a three-day white water rafting trip down the Ottawa River.

During the half-day of snowshoeing and full day of dog sledding, the youth learned many new skills while building their confidence, self esteem and self worth. The success of these trips is shown through a new understanding and respect for police and the role that both they and the police play in creating a safe and prosperous community. The youth return to their respective communities empowered to work with police in the planning and implementing future ProAction Cops & Kids programs for their peers.

All of these programs are made possible through funding from ProAction Cops & Kids and the Durham Regional Police Service, with support from the Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night Committee. For this trip, the Bowmanville Canadian Tire store generously donated hats, mitts and socks for the kids to ensure they stayed warm throughout the trip, and for the rest of the winter season.

For further information about this program please contact Constable Brandon Stanway at bstanway@drps.ca. For information about the other programs offered in the Durham Adventure series please visit www.drps.ca and follow the youth link to the teen section under "Items of Interest".

ProAction Cops & Kids believes that establishing a positive relationship between cops and kids will allow us to strengthen our community both now and in the future. By funding programs that bring local cops and kids together, we help create an environment of mutual understanding and respect. Please visit www.copsandkids.ca for more information about the program.

Below are attached files.
dog thumb (JPG file, 34.8K bytes)
The youths learn how to make fire (JPG file, 353.5K bytes)
Out on the trail (JPG file, 373.7K bytes)
The group of adventurers (JPG file, 421.6K bytes)