The CHP’s Central Division office has developed a new community outreach program focused on giving back to our community, especially to young people.
The program is called CHP KIDS, which is an acronym for CHP Keeping Involved in Dedicated Service. The premise is for the CHP’s uniformed employees to go out into the community and get involved with kids from preschool through high school.
Officers will visit places such as schools, clubs, libraries and specialty camps for the purpose of developing meaningful relationships.
There is nothing more powerful than giving back to the community and making a child smile. One of the best feelings is having a child give you a high five or a giant hug. Below are a few examples of the activities a CHP officer will performs as part of this program:
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▪ Read a book to a group of students.
▪ Tutor math, English, or participate in art classes.
▪ Attend a summer camp and providing information.
The CHP is always looking for these opportunities to give back to its community, so if you have an idea, we would love to hear from you.
Having kids communicate with officers on a regular basis is important to helping young people understand that CHP officers are servants of the community. All bonds are built on trust, and when kids see a CHP officer, we want them to run toward us and not away from us. This program allows kids to trust us and see us as their friends and a part of their community.
I am excited about this program based on the response and feedback I have received thus far. Many educators love the fact the CHP is reaching out to kids and making themselves available on all levels. This is a fantastic program, and with your help we can make it even more exciting.
If you are an administrator, educator, camp counselor or coach, please contact your local CHP office and request to speak to the public information officer. If you do not know the number, please email to the address listed below and I will put you in contact.