The program is not only designed to keep kids at the club active, but it’s also meant to help them see police in a positive light.
We spoke with Executive Director of the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club, Eileen Cavanaugh and she says the kids often only see police in stressful and unpleasant situations but by interacting with them they may learn to trust them.
Police say they are happy to use this opportunity to develop strong relationships with the kids.
“We’re trying to interact with them on a more positive level, by doing sports activities. And basically just trying to get a face out there, instead of wearing a uniform, we’re wearing trying to wear gym clothes and interact with them in a positive light,” explains Holyoke Police Officer Brendan Boyle.
The officers will be doing things like playing dodge ball, golf, and rock climbing with the kids.