Cops and Kids: Using Fitness to Build Relationships

Cops hanging with kids at the Eugene Police Act

Cops hanging with kids at the Eugene Police Act

For ten years, the Eugene Police Department has been hosting a week-long camp for kids in Eugene/Springfield. Promoting positive relationships between students and law enforcement, Cops and Kids uses fun and fitness to show kids that police officers are your friends. Over the course of five days, the children get to participate in a variety of activities. From hiking, bowling, a ropes course, to behind the scenes tours of Autzen Stadium and Mathew Knight Arena, every day is a new adventure.

“I have been doing this for about seven years, and every year it gets better. New faces and old, these kids grow up so fast!” – Officer Bob

Cops and Kids is open to all children in Eugene/Springfield ages 8 to 13. With the help of local high school students and police officers that volunteer their time, nearly 130 students were able to participate. This year was largest group they have ever had.

Since PacificSource has proudly sponsored this camp for the last two years, we wanted to get a better look at how it all works. So, we sent our very own, Kim the Intern to check it out. On the day she attended, the students were visited by the Eugene SWAT team and officers in full regalia. With them came a K-9 unit, two hummers, three police cars, and a supply of specialty tools used by the SWAT team. Students were excited to speak with the officers and SWAT team members about their adventures, and they were curious about all of the devices used for the enforcing the law.

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“I don’t think the kids really think of us as cops until the very last day when they get their certificate and we are in uniform.” Said one of the officers leading a group of ten year olds, “Basically until Friday, we are just regular Joe’s hanging out with a great group of kids.”

Cops and Kids was created to help kids understand that officers are a resource for help and inspiration. The week long camps allow students to get to know these officers on a new level and learn from them. This, in turn, fosters a positive relationship with the local law enforcement.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Cops and Kids visit the Police Events and Camps website. There are lots of opportunities to get yourself or your children involved with the Eugene Police Department, and they always welcome new faces to the volunteer force.

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  1. Marian

     /  July 16, 2013

    Looks like a fun day was had by all (even the pups!)

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