CPD Partners With YMCA For Mentoring

“This past summer the Police Department joined forces with the YMCA to start a mentoring project with kids from our community. When the project was first pitched to me, I thought I could easily get one or two officers to step up and volunteer their time but instead, six officers volunteered their time to be mentors. Volunteers included Lt. Jimmie Slade, Officers Mike Liberto, Laura Aucoin, Chase Sharp, George Turgeau, and Communications Officer Audrey Casey. For 16 weeks, these officers met with the kids once a week. They covered a variety of different topics during their meetings, with the help of guest speakers, everything from communication skills to leadership skills. The program wrapped up over the holidays with a dinner catered by our friends at Beck N Call Cafe. Our officers at CPD understand the value of building relationships with the kids in the community. I am forever grateful for them volunteering their time for 16 weeks to forge a bond with the youth in our community. Hopefully, they will have developed friendships that will last forever. Please join me in thanking these officers and our partners at the YMCA, Joey, Louis and Charlotte for all they did to make this happen.” – Chief Tim Lentz