Children across Cheshire have been taking part in summer holiday activities under the KOPS N Kids scheme, and as the summer holidays begin to draw to a close, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, visited Sandymoor Academy in Runcorn to see the program in action.
KOPS (Keep On Playing Sport) – N Kids provides free activities for young people, giving them an outlet to channel their energy during the six week summer holidays. During the visit to Sandymoor Academy, the Commissioner saw first-hand the activities the children could enjoy throughout the day, including football, hockey, kin-ball, drumming and dance.
Officers from Runcorn took part in the activities, but instead of wearing their uniforms donned the KOPS N Kids t-shirts which all volunteers wear, helping to break down the barriers between the people and the uniform.
John Dwyer said:
“Seeing the positive interactions between young people and the officers is fantastic. Initiatives like this are a great way of breaking down barriers between the local police and young people, who get to know the person behind the uniform.
“I think programs like this are fantastic, and looking at the joy the young people are getting goes to show that they think the work put in by the police and other partner agencies is worthwhile.”