Youth Engagement & Mentoring
Kids’ Café Serve
One way to break down barriers is to serve others, and CPU Officers now assist in serving food to youth at Dare to Care Kids’ Cafés located in community centers in high-crime areas. The Kids’ Cafes serve anywhere from 15-80 kids each and are a great opportunity for youth to have positive interaction with LMPD.
Blue Apple Players Partnership
LMPD has partnered with the Blue Apple Players to provide officers to speak to audiences at the end of their Red Riding Hood show at elementary schools throughout Metro Louisville. The show is a fun take on the Red Riding Hood story where a police officer aides in apprehending Mr. Wolf and his sidekick. This program provides a great opportunity for CPU officers to share safety tips and interact with over 50,000 elementary school children throughout Metro Louisville.
No Girl Lost Mentor Program
This program is currently in six (6) schools. This targets at risk middle and high school age girls who meet with a female CPU officer (Officer Amber Ross) for mentoring and roundtable discussions. LMPD CPU host a party and dance to celebrate the girls that have completed the program.
I Care Mentor Program
This program is currently in five (5) schools. This program targets at risk 4th – 8th grade boys who meet with a male CPU officer (Officer Isaac Sowells) for mentoring and roundtable discussions.
This program is currently in three (3) schools. This program was developed by an LMPD School Resource Officer based upon the nationally popular “Bullyproof” program from Gracie Jui Jits where the SRO (Officer Allan Manganello) is a certified instructor.
Online & Texting Safety Program
After receiving numerous complaints of bullying, inappropriate, and sexual text messages among students at Lassiter Middle School, LMPD School Resource Officer Larry Priddy developed an Online & Texting Safety Program which he has taught to the entire student body.
STVP (Stop Teen Violence Program)
This program is conducted every other month and is a court mandated program targeted at keeping convicted juvenile offenders from re-offending. CPU hosts and develops the curriculum which is heavily focused on making good choices and forming positive relationships.
Metro Parks Community Centers
CPU officers worked in six Metro Parks Community Centers during the holidays. Each center was chosen due to the proximity to recent violent crime trends. Officers had the opportunity to interact and play games with the youths in a relaxed, non-threatening environment.
SRO/YMCA Basketball Outreach Program
The School Resource Officers hosted a basketball league for high-risk youths during the summer break. SRO Clayton Reeves (who is also the varsity basketball coach at Shawnee HS) lead the program which also includes a large educational component which focused on: gang education, crime awareness, life skills enhancement, and better police/youth relationships
Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program
This is a gun accident prevention program that seeks to help parents, law enforcement, community groups and educators navigate a topic paramount to our children’s safety. CPU officers dress up in the “Eddie the Eagle” costume to help teach Pre-K through 4th graders what to do if they ever come across a gun.
CPU participates in the JA Inspire Event aimed at enabling 8th and 9th graders to explore career opportunities in law enforcement.
CPU participates as the main LE agency in the national SkillsUSA event hosted at the KY Fair & Expo Center where several thousand youth from across the country who are striving for a career in law enforcement compete and are tested in their knowledge and application of law enforcement skills.
This was conducted in January 2017 and raised 3,000 books for elementary school children at Portland and Maupin Elementary Schools. This was also a partnership with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and Council for Strong America. The next book drive will be in the fall of 2017.
Police Activity League
We have been working with the National Police Activities League to develop a local chapter and anticipate clinics and leagues operating by January 2018.