Thursday, December 15, 2011

Baltimore City Police Department Hosts Career Day at Collington Square School

Collington Square School Students Meet with Police Horses

On Thursday (12/15) from 10:00am to 1:00pm the Baltimore City Policy Department (BCPD) sponsored a Career Day in conjunction with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Maryland Mentoring Partnership (BBBS/MMP) for over 200 students at Collington Square School of the Arts, a Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP) neighborhood charter school.

The event informed students about the array of rewarding career opportunities available in law enforcement. Fifth through eighth graders learned what it is like to be a police officer and viewed a "Police for a Day" video. Deputy Commissioner John Skinner organized the event.

"The biggest hits were the police dogs, horses, and the BCPD Foxtrot helicopter," said BBBS/MMP Elev8 Manager Roosevelt Britt.

Collington Square School was selected for this event because BCPD is a new BBBS/MMP mentoring partner at the school. BBBS/MMP was present at the event, recruiting families for both school and community mentoring opportunities.

A number of students expressed an interest in BCPD's Law Enforcement Explorers Program, a mentoring program that partners youth with police officers who teach them good citizenship, community involvement, and leadership skills.

"We are very excited about this partnership between BCPD, BBBS/MMP, Elev8, Collington Square School and BCP. We want every student who needs a mentor to have a mentor," said BCP Executive Vice President Larry Schugam.

About the Baltimore City Police Department:
The mission of the Baltimore Police Department, in partnership with the Baltimore community, is to protect and preserve life and protect property, to understand and serve the needs of the city's neighborhoods, and to improve the quality of life by building capacities to maintain order, recognize and resolve problems, and apprehend criminals in a manner consistent with the law and reflective of shared community values.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Maryland Mentoring Partnership
Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Maryland Mentoring Partnership are now officially operating as one organization. This unites the two largest and most experienced mentoring organizations in Maryland -- Big Brothers Big Sisters in providing unparalleled quality in direct service mentoring support, and the Maryland Mentoring Partnership in providing expert training and technical assistance. The organization is headquartered in Baltimore and serves more than 2,500 children in the region. There are thousands of youth still in need of mentors. Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Maryland Mentoring Partnership are uniquely positioned to provide these children with the mentoring relationships and comprehensive support they need to succeed, but we need your help. Learn how you can positively impact a child's life, donate, or volunteer at

About Elev8 Baltimore
Elev8 Baltimore is an initiative working in East Baltimore to ensure that students in the middle grades (5-8) succeed in school and in life. Launched in 2009, Elev8 Baltimore provides out-of-school time opportunities, school-based health services, and resources, support and outreach for the families we serve. Elev8 partners with schools and the surrounding community to make sure that every student is ready to succeed in high school.

About Baltimore Curriculum Project
The Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP) is a nonprofit organization that operates four neighborhood charter schools in East Baltimore: City Springs School, Collington Square School of the Arts, Hampstead Hill Academy, and Wolfe Street Academy. BCP empowers teachers and principals with the tools, training and support they need to help every child succeed.

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