A dedicated team of young people recently joined DRPS officers for the inaugural ProAction Cops and Kids Spartan Race in Clarington. The event took place at Brimacombe Ski Club and involved participants completing in an action packed obstacle course through the mud.
Constables Adam Sigmann, Daniel Weiner, and Angie Sitaram from Central West Division, along with Matt Forget of East Division, Laura Burch from Victim Services and former DRPS member Jen McNamara (now with Kingston Police) spent time training for the event at "Are you Game Conditioning Club" in Whitby. They were joined by a group of enthusiastic students from Whitby area elementary and high schools.
This ProAction (Durham Chapter) program was modeled after Toronto's "Project 'O'. Cst. Jen McNamara brought the program to Durham Region this year and organizers would like to see it continue as an annual event.
Training in a strength and conditioning facility is a fun way for youth to become socially interactive, healthy, fit and confident. Youth often face challenges in their personal lives and the dedication, focus and teamwork skills involved in completing an obstacle race can build the confidence and skills necessary for achieving any goal. The goal for members of DRPS was to act as mentors to these young people and provide them with another positive adult presence in their community.
Officers helped to motivate and encourage the young people to do their best during their training and on race day. Thanks to Constables Stacey Sullivan and Brian Stewart who also helped out on race day.
ProAction Cops & Kids believes that establishing a positive relationship between cops and kids will strengthen our communities today and for the future. By funding programs that bring cops and kids together, they work to create an environment of mutual understanding and respect.
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Spartan Race (JPG file, 4,780.4K bytes)
The obstacle course (JPG file, 2,755.4K bytes)
Youth and DRP officers pose for a photo (JPG file, 1,823.5K bytes)