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  DRPS Supports RUNlentless Youth Initiative

Aug 05, 2016 08:04 ET

Earlier this year, members of Durham Regional Police partnered with J. Clarke Richardson High School in Ajax and our Youth in Policing (YIP) students to help facilitate RUNlentless, a youth development initiative that has been successfully encouraging youth in Durham Region to live healthy and active lifestyles while learning about to their communities.

RUNlentless is an initiative in which the development of youth is fostered through sport. This initiative allows our members to proactively engage students and help build healthy and trusting relationships between youth and law enforcement, while encouraging them to become future leaders in the community. RUNlentless, in partnership with J. Clarke Richarson High School (JCR) and the JCR Safe School Committee, is led by Cst. Dena Peden and participated in by DRPS YIP students and other high school students across the Region.

Cst. Peden coordinates the training schedule, with students and officers meeting twice per week. Together, officers and youth engage in a weekly one-hour aerobic workout and an in-class educational component, in which they receive a one-hour lesson on a variety of topics relating to policing, our Service, and a number of community organizations and businesses.

Using those workouts and education sessions as practice, the goal of RUNlentless is to have students participate in a number of road races and marathons. Putting their new knowledge of exercise techniques and the community to the test, RUNlentless students have already participated in the Whitby International Marathon, the Colour Run, the Special Olympics Torch Run, and more. See below for some of the RUNlentless season highlights:

May 22, 2016: RUNlentless youth completed the Whitby International Marathon in support of the Abilities Centre, in the first road race ever for the team. YIP student Robbie Mussari placed third in the 5K portion of the marathon.

May 31, 2016: The RUNlentless team showed their support for social justice at the Colour Run at St. Mary's High School.

June 1, 2016: There was an excellent turnout for the Durham Law Enforcement Torch Run, in support of the Special Olympics. Members of RUNlentless, YIP and West Division were in attendance.

July 23, 2016: Teammate Robbie Mussari completed his first quarter-marathon in support of The Refuge, despite the heat and humidity.

Special thanks go out to Inspector Jeff Friend, Csts. Dena Peden, Marta Flis, Erin McConnachie, and Christine Barnett, D/Cst. Brian Stewart, and Jessica Bender for their support and tireless efforts, and to S/Sgt. Mel Anderson, Csts. Tyler French, Phillip Chen, Robert Baumgarter, Jermaine Griffin, Stephanie Richard, and Niall Smith, Carolyn Fenwick, and a number of YIP students for their participation.

Good work team!

Below are attached files.
RUNlentless Team (JPG file, 404.5K bytes)
At the Durham Quarter Marathon  (JPG file, 297.1K bytes)
Taking part in a group exercise class (JPG file, 208.8K bytes)
The Torch Run Team (JPG file, 340.6K bytes)
Runners take part in the Torch Run (JPG file, 396.1K bytes)
Getting Ready for the Whitby International Marathon (JPG file, 857.1K bytes)