The Darien Police Department, in cooperation win the Depot Youth Center, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the State of Connecticut, Department of Policy and Management.

The Office of Policy and Management received 32 applications under the Police and Youth Program. Darien was one of 11 towns selected for the funding.

The grant, titled "Cops and Kids Adventure" program, will involve several Darien police officers working with approximately 15 to 20 youths from the ages of 12 to 18. The grant will allow the officers and youths to collaborate on several adventure trip activities, one community outreach project, and coordinate a picnic toward the end of the grant period.

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The adventure trips, transportation, community project expenses and picnic will be paid for through the grant funds. The adventure trips will entail rope courses, zip lines and a rock wall climb. These activities are intended to be team building activities that will create working bonds between the officers and youths.

The intent of this program is to allow officers to engage with youths outside of their roles as police officers so that they can see kids as kids, and the kids can see police officers as everyday people with families, interests and hobbies.

Applications for the program will be available at the Depot Youth Center at the start of the school year. Completed applications should be returned to the Depot by Nov. 1.

For more information, contact Janice Marzano, director of the Depot, at 203-655-0812 or Detective Mark Cappelli at the Darien Police Department, 203-662-5368.