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Mayor Brown,BPD Launch Bigs in Blue to build Bridges Between Police Officers and Youth

December 12 - Mayor Byron W. Brown, joined by Buffalo Police Officers and representatives from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County, today announced the start of “Bigs in Blue” in the city of Buffalo. “Bigs in Blue” is a one-to-one mentoring program aimed at recruiting local law enforcement officers to serve as Big
Brothers or Big Sisters to youth, specifically ages 10-12.

“Our officers enjoy spending time in the community and getting to know the people they so proudly serve,” said Mayor Brown, noting that he announced the coming of the “Bigs in Blue” program during his annual State of the City Address in February. “Building bridges between police officers and youth is vitally
important. We know that mentoring helps children overcome obstacles and reach their potential, and we believe it can play a role in building understanding and bridging divides throughout our community.”

“Bigs in Blue” is the first national campaign of its kind, supplementing the efforts of law enforcement officers mentoring youth in communities across the country. The program has received National attention and is underway in several cities, including New York City. Buffalo Police Officers will have the opportunity to
make a difference in the life of a child (Littles) by volunteering their time, at least once a week for a year or more. “Bigs in Blue” matches will also have special activities available to provide enrichment activities for underserved youth, led by law enforcement officers.

“We know one-to-one mentoring helps children reach their potential,” said Thomas Guagliardo, CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County. “This unique partnership with the Buffalo Police Department and the Buffalo Public School District will have a positive impact both in and out of the classroom for the children
involved.”

This program is a joint effort between Mayor Brown and the city of Buffalo, the Buffalo Police Department (BPD), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie Co. (BBBSEC) and the Buffalo Public Schools.