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Posted on: February 15, 2017

GPD Partners With Gulf Coast Big Brothers Big Sisters to Bring "Bigs In Blue" to the Island

GALVESTON POLICE DEPARTMENT PARTNERS WITH GULF COAST BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS TO BRING BIGS IN BLUE TO THE ISLAND

Officers quick to sign up for the opportunity to mentor the future of Galveston


Galveston, TX (February 15th, 2017) – The officers of the Galveston Police Department have stepped up, once again, to serve beyond the badge. In January, the department established a partnership with Gulf Coast Big Brothers Big Sister to bring a program called “Bigs In Blue” to the island.


The “Bigs in Blue” program is a nationwide effort to match law enforcement officers with at risk children. Galveston Police Departments goal in this effort is to have our officers become positive role models to identified at risk children in the Galveston Independent School District who are Kindergarten – 4th Grade students.


Typically, the children selected for the program need help with social skills, individual attention, self-confidence and academic performance. A one-on-one match will be created between an officer and a child and they will meet at the school to eat lunch, play games, read, talk and simply be someone to count on for a positive adult relationship. Many “Littles”, as the children are referred to, are living in single parent homes. These mentors have the opportunity to be a responsible adult with a big heart that is willing to share their interests and positive attitude to help their Little succeed.


“When children feel good about themselves, the ripple effect is amazing; they have a positive influence on their friends, their schools and their communities.” Said Chief Rick Boyle, “As police officers, we see every day the effect that drugs, alcohol, and physical abuse have on our citizens, especially our children. This is our opportunity to be a positive influence on the future of Galveston island and our nation.”


When notified of the program, Galveston Police Officers were quick to sign up for the opportunity and several officers are in the process of being matched with a “Little”.

WHY THEY ARE DOING IT:

Children who have mentors are 52% less likely to skip school, 46 %less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to use alcohol, and 33% less likely to hit someone.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Interested in becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister? Contact Gulf Coast Big Brothers Big Sisters today to get started today by calling 409-763-4638 or emailing them at agency@gulfcoastbbbs.org. You can view more information about the organization on their website at: http://mentorsgc.org.

 

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