MEET THE CHIEF—Chief Regina McDonald speaks to kids during breakfast at the Summer Camp.
The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police in its commitment to finding effective ways to meet the needs of the city’s youth, in partnership with members of the community in which they serve, helped organize the annual Cops and Kids with Citiparks Summer Camp. In a release from the PBP, it stated that the PBP Youth Programs Unit is aimed to reduce youth violence, promote child safety, prevent drug use and bullying and improving relationships between the police and young people.
This is achieved by maintaining an alliance between youth, families, the community and the Bureau of Police working together to assist our youth in becoming mature and responsible adults. This is also accomplished through the development and administration of a number of innovative programs including the Cops and Kids with Citiparks Summer Camp.
It is their objective to help youth gain a positive perspective of law enforcement that will help guide them in becoming responsible citizens and participants within their community. One of the goals of this program is to help the students build self-esteem and an understanding of their role in helping to maintain a safe and healthy community. The Cops and Kids Summer Camp is also designed to offer specific skills and experiences.
The Cops and Kids Summer Camp is divided into three weeklong camp sessions designed to provide a total of 175 youth, residing in the of the City of Pittsburgh, with an opportunity to explore the complexities of law enforcement.
The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is committed to the youth of the City of Pittsburgh. Beyond providing fun and a safe experience for youth, the camp contributes to the development of life skills through a curriculum designed to engage our youth and help them to grow socially, emotionally, mentally and physically.
ASSISTANT CHIEF MAURITA BRYANT TALKS TO YOUTH (Photos by J.L. Martello)
FUN AND GAMES—Kids playing kickball at the Summer Camp shows it wasn’t all work.
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