This September, some children from Community Housing Unit 10 - Spadina/Downtown went on a trip to the Metro Toronto Zoo. The trip was organized by Toronto Police Services 52 Division as part of their ProAction Cops and Kids program.
"We saw a lot of exciting animals like monkeys, lizards, black widow spiders, snakes, birds, peacocks, lions, tigers and bears," said one young girl who lives in CHU 10. "The rhinos were cool and the snapping turtles were fun to watch. All the exhibits and walking around the zoo was so neat. We saw so many cool animals."
The goal of the Cops and Kids program is to establish a positive relationship between the police and kids at risk in Toronto communities. Most young people involved in the program are 11 to 18 years old. Police officers and at-risk kids interact in constructive, non-confrontational circumstances and develop a better understanding of one another. Most programs focus on the arts, sports, education, safety, mentoring and camping.
For more information, visit http://www.copsandkids.ca/index.html.