July 17, 2012 |

Cops and Kids Summer Camp is free week-long camp for kids

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police's (PBP) Cops and Kids Summer Camp is a free week-long camp designed to provide over 100 youth of the City of Pittsburgh with the opportunity to learn about law enforcement and teamwork, form friendships, and have a positive life experience.

This year's camp dates ar:

• Session #1 – July 16-20 at the Schenley Park Ice Rink;

• Session #2 – July 23-27 at Banksville Park-Crane Avenue; and,

• Session #3 – August 6-10, 2012 at the Riverview Park Activities Building.

The Cops and Kids Citiparks Summer Camp helps youth grow socially, emotionally, mentally and physically. Through its sponsors, including Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation, Pittsburgh Police Foundation with Founding Partners Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and Tom Grealish and others, the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is able to provide three week-long summer camps free of charge this summer.

"Since becoming Chief of Police of the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the resurrection of Youth Programs has been a top priority. Service to the community is indeed the foundation of our great city" said Chief Nathan Harper.

For information regarding the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Youth Programs, contact Sgt. Matt Gauntner at 412-323-7824 or email to PBP_YouthPrograms@pittsburghpa.gov.

The Pittsburgh Police Youth Programs Unit aims to reduce youth violence, promote child safety, prevent drug use and improve relationships between the police and young people, with a special emphasis on at risk youth.

This mission is achieved by maintaining an alliance between youth, families, the community and the Bureau of Police, utilizing teamwork and accountability that provide the necessary tools to assist youth in becoming mature and responsible adults.

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