For the fourth year in a row, youth from the Durham Region joined Durham Regional Police officers on a white water rafting excursion. Eight youth and four officers spent a full day on the Ottawa River, navigating the challenging waters as part of the ProAction Cops & Kids Durham River Adventure, led by the trained outdoor guides at Esprit Rafting Adventures.
The three-day camping trip ran from June 6-8 and brought youth from our community into the wilderness where they slept in tents and spent their time completely outdoors. In addition to their white water rafting adventure, the group participated in team-building exercises and various sports and activities.
The youth conquered the rough rapids and frigid waters while also building positive and trusting relationships with their local police. The youth were taught leadership skills and were provided with mentoring from DRPS officers, who encourage the youth to empower themselves while bridging gaps between youth and police. This program is one of three outdoor wilderness excursions run by Durham Regional Police.
The Durham River Adventure is funded by ProAction Cops & Kids and receives support from the Police Appreciation and Awards Night Dinner (PADAN). ProAction Cops & Kids is an organization that believes establishing positive relationships between police and youth will strengthen our community and help create an environment of mutual understanding and respect.
For more information, visit the ProAction Cops & Kids website here.
Cops and kids battle the rapids on the Ottawa River (JPG file, 332.9K bytes)
Cops and kids prepare to battle the rapids (JPG file, 630.3K bytes)