NEW HAVEN POLICE ENGAGE YOUTH THROUGH SUMMER PROGRAMMING
(7/31/2007) NEW HAVEN- In an effort to engage youth throughout the City in positive activities, the New Haven Police Department offered two camp programs for children and teens. The annual summer camp run by the Department’s Athletic and Activities League is currently underway providing activities for 54 New Haven young people.
This year’s camp began on July 5th and offers breakfast, lunch and transportation to all campers at no charge. Funding for the camp is provided by the police department, the New Haven Board of Education and First Student Bus Company. Campers enjoy swimming, a trip to a major league athletic event, sports and personal safety education. The camp also requires that students participate in workshops and seminars on: dating, relationships, bullying and other behavioral and societal topics.
“In tune with our community policing model, our officers work hard every day to develop strong relationships in the neighborhoods where they work and to help young people in our City access the many positive options available to them,” said Chief Francisco Ortiz. “These are just some of the ways we’re reaching out to our youth, keeping them safe and out of trouble and making sure they are exposed to great role models.”
On July 6, the New Haven Police Department held a graduation ceremony for middle school students and adults who participate in the Department’s one week “Camp DEFY.” In conjunction with the National Guard, the Department hosted the Camp DEFY program at Camp Rell in Niantic focusing on substance abuse prevention, conflict management, self-esteem building, gang resistance, decision-making, goal-setting and physical fitness. Officers from the Hill neighborhood of the City as well as Assistant Chiefs Stephanie Redding and Herman Badger participated in the graduation ceremony at Lighthouse Park. Camp DEFY is a national Weed and Seed project.
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