Police and Pals
A high impact and vibrant program that will increase engagement of our police, youth, and community. Through fun, interactive outdoor games and activities, the Police & Pals Program will foster strong relationships and mutual respect in a safe and positive environment. The Newport News Police Foundation funds Police & Pals.
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Youth Engagement Summer Program
Since 2007, the Youth Engagement Summer Program (YESP) has given teenagers, enrolled in a Newport News Public School, the opportunity to interact with Newport News police officers. One objective of YESP is to help teens learn teamwork, communication and leadership skills, as well as build on trust, respect, self-esteem and responsibility – character traits that could help give teens a better chance at achieving their personal, academic and professional goals. Also, YESP exposes teens to positive experiences with police officers that could help teens better understand their roles in their communities and the importance of public service.
Youth Engagement Summer Program is open to boys and girls ages 13 to 17 and held each summer at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown. Officers engage teens by discussing youth-related topics and demonstrating real-time policing tactics, hands-on training and activities, which teach the importance of leadership, character and life skills. Demonstrations, training and activities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
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Law Enforcement Exploring is a hands-on program open to young men and women who have completed the 6th grade through 20 years old, interested in a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system.
The program offers young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition, and other activities. Additionally, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism.