The Detroit Police Department has a variety of programs to help keep young people safe, off the streets and prevent crime.
Detroit Police Department Law Enforcement Explorers Program – (313) 596-6143
The Detroit Police Law Enforcement Explorer program is an educational, career and special interest (non-profit) organization, geared to meet the needs and concerns of high school age young adults. Through structures programming, the Explorers are exposed to the day-to-day operations of the Detroit Police Department, allowing them the opportunity of learning various skills, while exposing them to the field of Law Enforcement. In addition, the Explorer’s participate in local parades, assist with escorting and seating of senior citizens at senior events, feeding the seniors at senior citizen homes, UNCF walk-a-thon, local marathons, telethons, traffic control at Cultural Center events, Metro Detroit Youth Day on Belle Isle, police week activities at each district, and the Law Enforcement Explorer state wide competition.
Also, every summer, the Detroit Police Department sponsors an annual one-week Explorer Camp Academy at a state approved camping facility. The Camp Academy is required training for Explorers to advance in the program.
Junior Police Cadets Corps – (313) 628-0160
The Junior Police Cadets offers community service programs and summer employment opportunities for high school students throughout the city of Detroit. The Detroit Police Department’s Junior Police Cadets, operates the following two Youth Service programs in partnership with (1) The Board of Education, (2) The City of Detroit Workforce Development Department, Workforce Investment Act, and (3) Career Works Inc. In addition, the Junior Police Cadets participates in local parades, assist with escorting at citizen events, feeding the seniors at senior citizen homes, local marathons, Metro Detroit Youth Day on Belle Isle, police week activities at each district as well as career days
Blue Pigs – (313) 596-2619
For nearly 36 years, members of the Detroit Police Department’s Blue Pigs Band have been goodwill ambassadors for the Department. Their performances always with a theme of safety and crime prevention, is a delight to many school age children, young adults and senior citizens. The band performs at academy graduations, promotions, youth programs, conventions and many special events, including the Angels Night (Halloween) events, the police memorial breakfasts, senior appreciation days, awards luncheons, telethons, and various special holiday and community parades.
Detroit Think Detroit PAL – (313) 833-9264
Think Detroit P.A.L. is designed to increase academic potential in youth, build self-esteem and trust between law enforcement and youth, and develop leadership qualities and a sense of community involvement. PAL programs helps with more than 1,200 volunteers, PAL annually serves more than 12,000 youth, ages 5-18, including multiple leagues exclusively for girls.
In addition, Think Detroit PAL offers a “Leaders for Life Camp” that is designed to enhance the academics skills and personal development of athletes in its leagues.
Mayor’s Time Public Safety Service Academy (MTPSSA) – (313) 963-3660 (EXT. 263)
This is a summer paid internship designed for high school aged youths interested in jobs and career development and who are seeking ways to develop and enhance a variety of life skills. In collaboration with the Detroit Public Schools, Detroit Police, Fire/EMS, Detroit Water and Sewage, and Wayne County Community College District and Mayor’s Time, MTPSA provides students with an understanding of Protective/Public Service jobs, Law Enforcement, Fire/EMS, Corrections, Homeland Security careers. Students completing the academies will have an understanding of public services and will be able to utilize the knowledge gained for future careers within the City of Detroit.
Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) – (313) 237-2555
The G.R.E.A.T. Program’s vision is to prevent youth crime, violence, and gang involvement while developing a positive relationship among law enforcement, families and our young people to create a safer community. A wide range of community-based activities and classroom instruction are offered for school-aged children. The desired results are a sense of competency, usefulness, and personal empowerment.
The program consists of 13-lesson classroom curriculum, a summer component, and a family component. In order to increase the opportunities to reinforce the skills taught in the curriculum, the program has created national partnerships with Police Athletic League and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America where the G.R.E.A.T. Program is taught in after school settings.
Eddie Eagle Gun Safe Program – (313) 596-2520
This program is a nationally recognized Gun Safety Program that is taught to 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. It teaches children the following basic safety procedure if they see a gun: “STOP! DON’T TOUCH, LEAVE THE AREA, AND TELL AN ADULT.” The program employs the use of instructional materials including workbooks, an animated video, and the program’s safety mascot, Eddie Eagle. It teaches children what actions to take if they observe a gun in an unsupervised situation.
Conflict Resolution – (313) 596-2520
The program teaches children, teachers, parents, residents and business owner how to find solutions to problems within their communities without conflict.
Teen Gun Safety – (313) 596-2520
The program seeks to reduce youth involvement in gun violence by providing education and training to middle and high school age students living in high-risk neighborhoods in the city of Detroit. This program provides information about the overall impact of gun violence on the community.
Child Safety – (313) 596-2520
The Child Safety Program is primarily geared to elementary school children. It compromises a number of different child safety concepts. One such concept is to make children aware of the dangers of strangers that might approach them on the streets. It demonstrates techniques of awareness on how to resist becoming a victim of crime. Part of this program includes “Good Touch/Bad Touch,” which teaches proper and improper touching of body parts.
McGruff – (313) 596-2520
The Detroit Police Department and Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is a 101 year old mentoring organization, teamed up to create a wonderful project, Cops Caring For Youth (C2Y). This creative mentoring project matches children from the city of Detroit with off-duty police officers. One segment of the C2Y Program has volunteers/officers pairing off with children whose parents or guardians are incarcerated. Each match requires at least a one-year commitment. All of this is done on the Officer’s own time (off-duty) and demonstrates the commitment that so many of our men and women in blue have for our community. C2Y is a fantastic way to help provide a positive road map for children in our city and bridge the proverbial gap between youth and officers with our community.
C2Y (Cops Caring For Youth) – (313) 596-2200
The Detroit Police Department and Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), a 101 year old mentoring organization, teamed up to create a wonderful project, Cops Caring For Youth (C2Y). This creative mentoring project matches children from the City of Detroit with off-duty police officers. One segment of the C2Y Program has volunteers/officers pairing off with children whose parents or guardians are incarcerated. Each match requires at least a one-year commitment. All of this is done on the Officer’s own time (off-duty) and demonstrates the commitment that so many of our men and women in blue have for our community. The list of Officers seeing to register grows as the word spreads. C2Y is a fantastic way to help provide a positive road map for children in our city and bridge the proverbial gap between youth and officers with our community.
Teen Jail Prevention Program
This program consists of a series of presentation before groups of at risk teens that provides as honest perspective on criminal behavior and the realities of life in prison.
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