08/14/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/14/2018 10:17
In 2017 The NYPD Cricket Team competed in the World Police & Fire Games in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Unfortunately, our team did not medal in the 2017 Games, but the team was extremely successful in developing relationships with their peers. Relationships that they carried over 4,000 miles from Ireland to the Boys and Girls Club in Brooklyn NY. With the support and inspiration of Inspector David McCausland, Captain of the NYPD Cricket Team, Sergeant Mahaan Chandu, NYPD Specialized Training Section and Police Officer Adrian Bishop, NYPD Transit District 32 have formed the 'Street Cricket Program'. This program is an extremely unique way for Officers to connect with inner-city youths. Officers volunteer their time to the members of the Boys and Girls Club teaching the basic skills of Cricket. The Street Cricket Program's focus is to pair NYPD Police Officers with youth community members in an interactive challenging environment. Participating Officers are responsible for organizing activities and teaching essential Cricket skills. The close interaction with the children allows our officers to step outside of their law enforcement roles and serve as mentors to the participants. The Street Cricket Program hosts weekly clinics at the Brooklyn Boys and Girls Club in the spring, summer and fall months.
'Our goal is to develop a team of strong players and citizens to compete against other youth programs in the metropolitan area' - Sgt. Mahaan Chandu, NYPD