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Cops For Kids


In another effort to make a positive impact on crime prevention in Indiana, the ISPA Board of Directors realized the need for an organization to build relationships between police officers and children. From this need to bring Troopers together with kids in their districts, Cops for Kids of Indiana, Inc. was incorporated in 1991. Under the direction of the ISPA Board of Directors, ISPA Vice President Rod Russell chairs the Cops for Kids Screening Committee, which seeks out those opportunities where Cops for Kids of Indiana can make a difference in the lives of deserving children. Since its inception in 1991, Cops for Kids has been instrumental in supporting hundreds of youth programs, building strong relationships between our kids and those officers sworn to serve and protect. Through Cops for Kids, children, from toddlers to teens, witness first hand that their Indiana State Troopers are stellar members of the community, committed to serving at all levels.






Columbus Police Department

News Release


P.A.A.L. Coaches “ Thanked” for a Successful Season



The Columbus Police Department, along with the Police Athletic Activities League (PAAL) board, would like to once again thank all the volunteers and coaches that helped with this year’s football program.   The success of this crime prevention youth program would not have been possible without the coaches that gave of their time and knowledge to give our kids a positive, fun experience.   PAAL football had over three hundred and seventy five kids play in its league this year.   That number required fifty two volunteer coaches and assistants to teach the game of football and sportsmanship. The  Kids that participated in the program this year were from kindergarten age through sixth grade.  Once again, thank you to all the coaches. Without them, there would NOT be a PAAL program.  Attached photo was taken this past Saturday, September 22, 2012  at the end of the regular season final games.  This week starts the end of the season tournament for the junior and senior leagues.  The community is invited to attend the games at no cost. The schedule of games can be found at the Foundation for youth website,      (foundationforyouth.com ).   PLEASE help us acknowledge the coaches that gave of their time.            

Lt. Matthew A. Myers

Columbus Police Department

123 Washington St.

Columbus, Indiana 47201


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Pictured above is Taylor Knox, daughter of Tony Knox, Fort Wayne District.  Taylor is Miss Three Rivers Festival Outstanding Teen 2011.  The second picture is Taylor; Jenee’ Johnson, the Three Rivers Festival Pageant Director and Courtney Jurick, Miss Three Rivers Festival 2011.

The Miss Three Rivers Festival Outstanding Teen is a local preliminary competition to the Miss America Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program, which is the younger sister program of the Miss America Scholarship program.  Outstanding Teen contestants are ages 13 – 17 years old, and compete in the areas of interview, fitness wear, talent, evening gown, and on-stage question.  They have platforms that they support, just like the Miss America contestants.  During their reign, they help raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, as it’s the organization the Miss America pageant supports.  This is done through various fundraisers throughout the year.

Taylor’s platform is Mentoring.  She has become a teen mentor thru the DeKalb County HOPE (Helping Our Pupils Excel), Inc., and is working with students at the elementary level in math.  And because of her academic achievements, Taylor has begun tutoring high school students who are having difficulties in Algebra 2.  This is a new program started at the DeKalb High School during the current school year.

There are three levels of the scholarship programs:  Local title, which leads into the State title, which then leads into the National title.

Cops for Kids provided a grant to this program.

Congratulations Taylor!


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