(Union City, New Jersey) – Mayor Brian P. Stack and Chief Nichelle Luster announce a new summer recreation program run by the Union City Police Department. The program started this week and is offered in 2 locations per day, Monday through Friday, and will run through July and August.
“Interacting with the youth of Union City is nothing new for the Union City Police Department,” said Chief Nichelle Luster. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we, unfortunately, had to cancel our Junior Police Academy so we needed to explore a creative alternative and the Cops Care Summer Youth Recreation Program was created.”
UCPD officers will organize and play basketball, volleyball and kickball with the youth and, additionally, the K-9 unit will offer demonstrations. Snacks and water will also be provided.
“It is vital to keep our youth active and provide a line of communication with our police officers,” said Mayor Brian P. Stack. “Now more than ever, it’s important for our youth to develop positive relationships with our police officers. Programs like the Cops Cares Program are helpful in fostering those relationships.”
Chief Luster added, “The officers in our schools are often the people our youth confide in. That speaks volumes to the trust we have with our youth and our community and we want to continue that positive relationship with the community we serve.”
For more information on the program locations, dates and times, please visit http://www.ucnj.com/web_content/pdf/flyers/Cops-Care-Brochure-July2020.pdf.