When law enforcement officers engage with youth in structured programs at school or in the community, the effects can be powerful. The benefits of officers mentoring young people include relationship building, youth skill development, community crime reduction, and positive role modeling. Moreover, officers who participate say they enjoy the activities and get a good feeling from the bonds they develop with the young people.
In their article, Police Youth Programs: Much More than Fun and Games, the COPS Office lists programs such as Badges for Baseball, Operation Recess, Students Taking on Prevention, and more. This resource includes toolkits and technical assistance for agencies wishing to start police youth programs in their community.
(Courtesy of cops.usdoj.gov)