Officers and youth from across Durham Region have been keeping busy this summer. Through funding from ProAction Cops & Kids and the Police Appreciation and Awards Night (PADAN) committee, youth from at-risk communities were selected to join our officers for four separate events. During these excursions, our officers are able to help the teens learn valuable life skills and talk to them about risk-taking behaviours such as, drugs use and gang involvement, and other topics specific to them.
Durham River Adventure
In June, several youth were selected to travel to Ottawa for three days and take part in an intense whitewater rafting experience on the Ottawa River. The youth fearlessly conquered the huge rapids and frigid water with our officers. This is the third year this program has been running.
Durham Wilderness Adventure
On July 12, youth travelled to Algonquin Provincial Park with our officers for a six-day canoe trip through the parks’ interior. Travelling close to 40 kms by canoe and portage, the youth braved the elements, and learned to survive in the wilderness. They participated in numerous activities including swimming, hiking, paddling, cliff jumping and fire building. All youth came away from the excursion with certification from the Ontario Recreational Canoe and Kayak Association (ORCKA), as well as countless new skills and strengths. This is the fifth year this program has been running.
Orono Park Cookout
Also in July, the Durham Regional Police Service, in cooperation with The Firehouse Youth Centre, hosted a community BBQ for Clarington youth. This was the first time the BBQ was held and it was such a success that it will become an annual event. The kids watched demonstrations by the Public Order and K-9 Units, and got meet local officers and learn about policing. They were also able to learn about the services and opportunities provided by The Firehouse Youth Centre. We would like to thank The Firehouse Youth Centre for helping make this day such a success.
Hands On Cooking Class
One last event in July had 13 youth attend a cooking class, at the Real Canadian Superstore in Oshawa, to learn some simple tricks for creating their own home-cooked meals. The class demonstrated some tips for preparing a salad for an appetizer, making a homemade pizza and wrapped up by baking a dessert pizza, topped with chocolate chips and marshmallows. Ceremonial spatulas were awarded to the two teens who worked hardest during the class, as proven by sporting the dirtiest aprons among the group.
“By providing these unique opportunities for the youth in our communities, we are breaking down the negative notions that youth may have about the police, and building trust and mutual understanding,” said Constable Brandon Stanway. “Ultimately we’re building stronger and safer communities, while educating and engaging our youth.”
For more information on these programs please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook page.
*Rafting pictures supplied by Esprit Rafting
canoe thumb (JPG file, 24.9K bytes)
Paddling at Algonquin (JPG file, 162.4K bytes)
Up close with a friendly moose (JPG file, 312.1K bytes)
Making camp at the park (JPG file, 361.5K bytes)
Cst. Sikma helps a youth prepare salad (JPG file, 370.3K bytes)
One of the dirtiest apron winners (JPG file, 444.5K bytes)
Getting ready to face the rapids (JPG file, 257.1K bytes)
Facing some waves (JPG file, 268.8K bytes)
Getting a little wet (JPG file, 261.9K bytes)
A successful trip down river (JPG file, 248.9K bytes)