Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yorkton and Area hosted their Kids N’ Kops program throughout the summer.
Kids N’ Kops has been a program offered annually since 1998 and is a crime prevention strategy designed to familiarize children with police officers as well as police procedures and how they can be helpful members of the community.
The hope is that, as these children enter their teen years, they learn the importance of good decision making and a healthy lifestyle.
Kids N’ Kops is developed and hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yorkton and Area (BBBS), as well as the RCMP with Constable Fairbarn and Constable Johnson. Staff from BBBS; Brett Skaluba, Kathryn Blommaert, Josh-lynn , Madison Stoll, and Kavya Sudarasanam, also took leadership roles.
The program took place at the Yorkton City Police Detachment and virtually.
Constable Fairbarn took the children for a tour through the holding cells and rural detachment. The children got a ‘behind the scenes’ look at what happens after a person has been arrested.
The children were also shown a multitude of videos developed by BBBS staff who had interviewed members of essential services in Yorkton.
The videos came from different protective services within Yorkton such as, the K-9 Unit, Fire Department, SPCA, and EMS, among others in an effort to teach children the importance of protective services, what is available for support in Yorkton and in case of emergency what to do and who to call as well as potential opportunities for a career.
The program was a successful reaching many youth and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yorkton and Area looks forward to the next Kids N’ Kops event in 2021!