MOORHEAD — The Moorhead Police Department is taking its youth program on the web by creating videos to show kids law enforcement officers and emergency responders' daily life.
Officers started out by introducing themselves to the participants over Zoom, Tuesday, July 7.
Typically, this is done in person with about 200 youth participants and dozens of adult mentors. Groups would visit places like the police station, fire departments, Gooseberry Park, and other areas in the community. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they cannot gather in such large groups.
"For over 30 years, we have provided this program for our community, so it was really important for us to still be able to deliver this service," explained Leann Wallin, community policing coordinator for the department. "We just had to think outside of the box to be able to do it."
School resource officer Ethan Meehan is taking the charge in putting this program together and creating its videos.
"Highlight some things that our community has to offer, and we provide an educational piece as well as lunch," Meehan said, describing what the program was like before the pandemic. "But the COVID thing, we kind of had to adapt and overcome, kind of bring it to their living room instead of different areas around our community."
They still have several openings for any kids ages 8-12 interested in taking part. To learn how to sign up, click here.