Police and Youth Group
 
Creating a connection between students and the local police force can have a significant impact for youths – especially those at-risk for participating in illegal or dangerous activities.
 
Benefits of Police and Youth Groups
 
Police and Youth Groups have been providing positive impact on youths, officers and the community throughout the world for decades. Often, they are designed to intercept at-risk youths headed towards a life in the corrections system before it’s too late, but it’s also possible they can be for educating students without any at-risk tendencies as well.
 
Police and youth groups can help to mold the lives of young people through education and connection between the students and officers. Programs can help build self-confidence as well as teach important life skills through activities such as team building exercises or community service. Police and youth groups are especially effective at teaching students the risks associated with illegal activities such as drug use, but they also can provide a place for open discussion about other topics as well.
 
Youth groups serve as a medium for interaction between the officers and students, giving them insider access working directly with the police and learning more about the role of the officers within the community. This may also have an impact on future choices students will make regarding the participation in illegal activities. As police and youth groups often involve physical activities, participants also benefit from a safe and healthy place they can train for sports or other games to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Police and Youth Program
 
Each month, Youth & Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth (YFSHK) organizes a meeting between local police and youth aimed at promoting positive youth development, encouraging constructive relationships between students and police as well as increasing the number of officers accustomed and comfortable to working and interacting with youths.
 
Activities include: 
  • Fun, team building activities
  • Community service projects
  • Field trips for group activities
  • Group activities at the middle school
Educational component about police and community (ex. meet K9 unit, learn about different parts of State Police, learn about community policing, etc.)
 
During each meeting, at least one resident State Trooper will be present to facilitate the activities with students.
 
To participate in the Police and Youth Program, please contact us today. If you would like more information about our youth programs or would like to get involved, get in touch with us. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.