Police reach out through ball hockey

Barrie police are hosting a ball hockey tournament as a way to reach out to boys and establish proactive and friendly relationships.
The police service, with assistance from the Provincial Anti Violence Intervention Strategy (PAVIS), is hosting the tournament for boys 10-13 years old, tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon at the Barrie Ball Hockey facility, northeast corner of Dunlop and Ferndale streets.
According to a press release, the PAVIS program is an intelligence-based anti-violence strategy, mobilizing the community and providing proactive enforcement to target street gang activity across the province. All of the PAVIS activities and initiatives support the primary goal of reducing violence in communities by focusing on intervention, prevention, enforcement, and community mobilization.
It’s intended that the interaction between police officers and youth on a social level will be an effective way to build friendships and open lines of communication. About 20 boys from Barrie are expected to participate, along with officers.There will be four teams comprised of boys and officers.
A trophy will be presented and lunch will be provided by Wendy’s. The boys will get to keep a helmet, stick and shirt – curtesy of both Barrie Canadian Tire locations.

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