Over the years the Winthrop Police Department has mentored and trained numerous teenagers, and today more than 40 of them are employed in law enforcement.
Young people can join the Explorers Post, or they can take part in two new courses being offered to young people in the community.
The Winthrop Police Youth Recreational League meets every Wednesday through the summer at the old Winthrop Middle School from 6-8 p.m.
â€œIt provides opportunities to build trust and for youth mentorship,â€ said. Lt. Steve Rogers. â€œPartnerships with law enforcement officers can help to establish positive relationships between students in the program and law enforcement.â€
The youth recreational program is for students in Grades 6,7,8, and 9 and different events are held weekly.
Winthrop Police Youth Recreational League is funded by the Senator Charles E. Shannon Grant. The Shannon Community Safety Initiative (CSI) is a multi-pronged approach to address a communityâ€™s gang and youth violence problem using five strategy areas: Social intervention
Funded by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Securityâ€™s Office of Grants and Research, the Charles E. Shannon Community Safety Initiative (Shannon) is modeled after the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Preventionâ€™s Comprehensive Gang Model. Shannon is a multi-sector approach used to address a communityâ€™s gang and youth violence problem. Each community receiving Shannon funding demonstrates the presence of risk factors for youth and gang violence. Shannon participants must be between the ages of 10-24 years.
For more information contact Rogers at 617-846-1212, ext. 2940 or at [email protected]
The second activity offered by Winthrop Police Department for the first time is the Police Youth Academy. It will be held from Aug. 12-16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily and is intended for Winthrop Youth going in seventh or eighth grade. Apply early because only 20 will be accepted.
The Youth Academy is free of charge and a t- shirt and hat will be provided. Student will bring their own lunch for the week.
Topics will include:
Juvenile Justice and Reform
Educate young people about the challenges and responsibilities of police work
Participate in team-building activities to build confidence and participate Physical Training (PT) each morning.