YMCA Greenwich Announces “Kids and Cops Together”

The Greenwich YMCA and Greenwich Police Dept and the First Selectman’s Youth Commission are hosting an event open to local elementary school children on March 11 and 12 at the YMCA.

The Kids & Cops Together Greenwich event aims to encourage positive connections in the Greenwich community with first responders.

Kids & Cops Together Greenwich 2022. Contributed photo

Each session will provide an opportunity for elementary school kids to interact with two local police officers through games and activities including a peek at a real police car.

“As America is reacting to recent events of police brutality, fear in local police departments is
growing. But Greenwich must recognize and appreciate the care and reliability provided by our police every year,” said Natalie Cook, high school project leader for the First Selectman’s Youth Commission, in a release.

The event was a success last year when it was held in April and is therefore open to more participants this year.

“The kids had a great time trying on the officers’ bullet proof vests, learning about the shiny accessories inside of the police car, and trying on handcuffs. There were smiles all around and the Commission’s goal to establish a positive relationship between the kids and the cops was achieved with love.”

There are two sessions to choose from next weekend: Saturday, March 11 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm or Sunday March 12 from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

Each session features two hours of agility, relay races, and exclusive looks at police gear will foster a positive relationship between the Kids and the Cops.

Elementary school children will meet Officer Sebastian Arenas (Greenwich Police Department activity leader) Officer Brooke Lombardo (Greenwich Police Department leader), Natalie Cook and other volunteers from the FSYC.

The Greenwich YMCA is located at 50 E Putnam Ave,Greenwich, CT 06830

Click here to register your elementary school age child.

Kids & Cops Together Greenwich 2022. Contributed photo

Kids & Cops Together Greenwich 2022. Contributed photo

The First Selectman’s Youth Commission is committed to promoting the youth voice in the Town of Greenwich. Established in 2014 it engages a diverse group of high school students – who represent different backgrounds, different schools, different geographic parts of Town, and different interests – to champion youth concerns and improve the quality of life for Greenwich youth.