Revitalisation of the youth-oriented initiative has come after months of reorganisation and a broad effort by the Cook Islands Police Service working closely with a consultant Mike Mills and the community.
The formal 7am start to the programme was well-attended with support from Aronga Mana (Kaumaiti Nui Tou Travel Ariki and Tinomana Tokerau Ariki), Arorangi Primary School, parents – and of course, the kids. The young ones ranged in age from 10-to-15 years old.
Prevention Commander and Committee Chair, Inspector John Strickland, advises that this first programme under the newly-incorporated body – Blue Edge – has kicked off with 24 but is likely to be rounded off at 30 youngsters.
More parents have expressed interest in signing up their children to the first activity: “Educate, Develop, Grow, Empower” and the enthusiasm is spreading.
More Blue Light activities are in the works for later in the year in other districts. For now, the Puaikura kids, under the supervision of co-ordinator Constable Teaukura Rakei, will be engaged two mornings a week - Tuesdays and Thursdays – with 6am starts.
Strickland says the organisation is banking on building the momentum so that this positive start can grow.
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