Community outreach program (COPS)

Suburbs

You won't often see 13-year-olds hanging out with police officers and firefighters - unless you live in our community. For nearly two decades, the Chicopee Outreach Program Summer (COPS) has been bridging the gap between local youth and our area police and fire departments through activities, education and interaction opportunities.

The program was first introduced in response to neighbourhood concerns of increased youth involvement in criminal activity and substance abuse. Today, youths from age 10 to 15, who live in the Centreville Chicopee, Kingsdale and Mill-Courtland neighbourhoods, are invited to participate in the program.

Annual Summer activities include three full days of activities, as well as a three-day, two-night stay at Silver Lake Camp, where participants build lasting memories, friendships and self-esteem.

Winter program include an evening of activities and skiing at Ski Chicopee.

COPS continues to be a partnership between the city, Kitchener fire department, Waterloo Region Police Service, Centreville-Chicopee Community Association, Kingsdale Community Association and Mill-Courtland Community Association.

Dates to remember

Winter COPS registration: Jan. 9, 2018 at 9 a.m. at Centreville-Chicopee community centre. Registration must be completed in person. Youths must be able to attend all date or registration will not be accepted.

Winter COPS dates

  • Community day Jan. 23, 2018, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
  • Chicopee Ski day Jan. 24, 2018 3:30 - 8:15 p.m.

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