The Lake Orion Police Association recently donated $1,000 to the Orion/Oxford Boys & Girls Club for use in the Kids & Kops Program, which is run by the Lake Orion Police Department in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club.
"There is no safer, better way to spend a Friday after school than in the Kids & Kops events," Lake Orion Police Chief Jerry Narsh said in a recent press release. Through the program, area kids can interact with off-duty Lake Orion police officers on Friday evenings all through the winter months.
"This is a fantastic opportunity to develop long-lasting relationships with police officers and our youth and to establish the trust factors so important to maintaining dialog with kids, all while having a lot of fun," Narsh said. "This is money and time well spent."
The donation will provide four annual tuition scholarships to the Boys & Girls Club, and the remainder of the funds will be used to fund the Lake Orion Police Kids & Kops youth programs at the Club.
Anyone can visit the Club to check out the Kids & Kops program. There is no cost to participate, no membership needed, and kids 6-18 years old can participate.
"The Orion/Oxford Club offers a positive place for kids from Lake Orion and the surrounding communities," Boys & Girls Club Director Tim Dougan said. "Over the past 15 years, we have been fortunate to team up with the Lake Orion Police Department and offer Friday-night activities during the Kids & Kops program."
Dougan added, "Our members appreciate the police officers' commitment of their time and resources to the success of this program."
Kids & Kops activities are every Friday night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Club memberships can be obtained by calling Boys & Girls Club Director Tim Dougan at 248-365-5000. Club membership is not limited to Orion & Oxford area youth.