I just swore in our 2013 Kids in the Kids ‘N’ Kops program.
Kids ‘N’ Kops is a nationally recognized program which is organized by the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada. Kids ‘N’ Kops is usually held in the last week of July. Approximately ten children, between the ages of nine and thirteen participate in the program along with several volunteers from Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service.
The program is geared toward unmatched Little Brothers and Sisters to promote trust and respect between law enforcement and children. This program helps to provide the children with an opportunity to get to know police officers on a more personal level, while instilling confidence and self-esteem for the children who participate. The mornings are spent at the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service where the children receive information on the Police Service and how it operates. The afternoons are spent participating in a variety of privately funded recreational activities.
The children participate in team and self-esteem building activities and are given demonstrations and instruction by specialized branches such as the Canine Unit, Uniform Patrol, and the Forensic Identification Branch. In addition, there can be mock courts or presentations on peer pressure, bullying, drug awareness, role modelling or self-esteem. The recreational activities can include swimming at Balsam Lake Provincial Park and attending a water park. On the final day, the children have a formal graduation which can be attended by family members, police officers and volunteers from the week.
This week has been a tremendous success in the past and a wonderful learning experience for the children with the additional benefit of enabling them to feel more comfortable with police.