The Hollywood Police Department’s Cops Mentoring Kids Program was implemented in multiple elementary
schools throughout the City of Hollywood the week of September 14, 2015. The program will continue for the entire 2015-2016 school year.
The “Cops Mentoring Kids” program consists of 38 Hollywood Police Officers currently mentoring 41 elementary school students.
The Hollywood Police Department mentors meet with their mentees for a minimum of 30 minutes, at least once a week. During this time, the mentors can assist their mentees with their studies and their homework. The time spent between mentors and mentees is an excellent opportunity for the mentees to have one-on-one time with someone who is completely focused on them.
The purpose of the “Cops Mentoring Kids” program is to reach out to at-risk students and positively guide them with making good choices at school and in their lives.
Research on the “Cops Mentoring Kids” program has shown 52% mentored kids are less likely to skip a day of school, 46% are less likely to start using drugs, 33% are less likely to engage in violent behavior, and 27% are less likely to start drinking.
By having this program in our community, our goal is to reduce the amount of potential negative interactions the youth of our community may have with the police department, while also improving communication between our police officers and our community.