"The mission of the Perryville Police Department Outreach Program is to provide an alternative solution to at risk youth through a combination of preventive programs, guidance, and encouragement. The program also motivates all youth to strive to develop and achieve their goals to become productive citizens."
The Perryville Police Department Outreach Program (PPDOP) was first introduced in 2006 as an innovative program to serve local youth. The program was developed and implemented by the Perryville Police Department (PPD). The PPDOP is the first of its kind in Cecil County, MD. The PPD worked to develop a program that would fit the needs of the youth in Perryville and would also build positive relationships between the youth and the police department.
The PPDOP focuses on two specific agendas. The first is to provide a safe and enriching, free after school program for children ages 8-18. We provide students with homework assistance, life skills classes, and community service opportunities. We also provide free dinner for our members, Monday through Friday, and take our active members on a variety of field trips to award them for their good behavior and commitment to the community.
The second agenda is to address first time juvenile o‑enders. Based on the severity of the crime, the youth and their parents get the opportunity to enroll in the PPD Outreach Program to complete weekly counseling/mentoring sessions and community service hours. Our goal has always been to assist local youth to build lasting positive relationships with the officers of the Perryville Police Department. Police officers have positive interaction with our members during group activates and field trips.
Struggling teens are often individuals with vast untapped potential that are simply not making the most of their abilities in their abilities in their current school, social, or family situations. The success of the program is evident through the positive changes in local teens and interactions between our members and police officers. The adolescent’s response to this innovative program has been positive and full of excitement.