SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Juvenile officers from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department are aiming to build relationship with teens and young adults in the area through several basketball games and other activities set over the next month.
The juvenile officers from each of the five SCMPD precincts are focusing on building relationships with teens and young adults to present alternatives to criminal activity and support opportunities.
Following two five-on-five basketball games in the past three weeks, Officer Greg Sublett of the Central Precinct says he and his colleagues have scheduled two more two-on-two basketball challenges next week.
On Wednesday, Oct. 19, the officers and youth will square off in two-on-two basketball games at the John Delaware Community Center at 5:30 p.m. The next afternoon, Thursday, Oct. 20, they move the game to the Eastside Community Center on Geobel Avenue set for 5:30 p.m.
The games will be followed by Youth Madden Night programs in which officers will challenge neighborhood residents in computer football games on Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. at the Delaware Center and on Nov. 10 at the Eastside Community Center.
"The idea is to engage neighborhood youth and young adults in activities that present officers as people who are concerned with their welfare and able to provide support they may not have," Sublett said in a press release.
The youth officers who set to participate in the programs include Jeremy McKnight of the Downtown Precinct, Cpl. Samuel Hicks of West Chatham and Advanced Police Officer Dabureau Samuels of the Islands Precincts. A youth officer of the Southside Precinct will be named soon.
Aaron's Rental and Rent A Center have each provided two televisions and PS3s for the Madden Nights. Game Stop is supplying Madden games for the event.
The officers also are partnering with members of Butler Memorial Presbyterian Church in a Youth Family Day on Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. The event will have youth activities, games and food. The church is giving away 100 Thanksgiving turkeys.
On Nov. 15-16, the juvenile officers will conduct workshops at Georgia Regional Youth Detention Center. The workshops will focus on decision making, gang affiliation, peer intimidation and musical awareness. Those who complete the workshops can participate in a Madden Football tournament and will receive certificates in a program for them and their families.