Earlier this month, four DRPS officers and nine youth headed to Halliburton to take part in the annual Durham Dog Sled Adventure. The event is part of the Durham Wilderness Adventure series of programs, run by DRPS and funded by ProAction Cops & Kids.
Now in its third year, the event involves youth and officers travelling to Halliburton to take part in a half-day of snow shoeing and a full-day of dog sledding. The youth are selected from various community partner referrals and front line officers.
During the trip, the youth are taught valuable skills relating to leadership, winter survival, confidence and teamwork. They are also provided with positive messaging and education on anti-drug and gang involvement, bullying and cyber bullying, and other youth related topics.
Even though the temperatures reached -30 degrees, the youth had a great time. Other programs run as part of the Durham Wilderness Adventure series include a three day white-water rafting trip on the Ottawa River and a six day Canoe trip in Algonquin Provincial Park.
These programs are designed to build strong and positive relationships with the youth of our communities and break down negative or pre-conceived notions that youth have about police. Through these programs, we are connecting with our youth and working together and building strong and safe communities.
For more information on these programs or to get involved, contact Proaction@drps.ca, or follow the youth Twitter page @DRPSyouth, and Durham Wilderness Adventure @DWildernessAdventure.
Dog sled trip (JPG file, 1,287.2K bytes)