Building bridges and building trust between youth and law enforcement (positive role models) works! Connecting Littles and police through mentoring builds friendships and lasting relationships.
Bigs in Blue Mentoring Program
The Bigs in Blue program is a one-to-one mentoring program that connects youth with police officers in communities throughout our nation, building strong, trusting, and lasting relationships. These relationships can help children develop into confident adults and help build stronger bonds between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County has had a relationship with the Toms River Police Department for a number of years, in 2018 this relationship was expanded into a partnership through the Bigs in Blue Program, the first program like this in Ocean County.
“Reaching children at a young age through positive role models greatly enhances their chances of success," stated Chief Mitchell Little of the Toms River Police Department, “and we recognize the need to be involved with the children in a positive and supportive way.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County is looking to expand the Bigs in Blue program into other communities in Ocean County. If your Ocean County Police Department would like to connect with youth in your community, please call our office at 732-505-3400, we would love to meet with you.
As Seen on the TODAY Show
Meet Little Brother Devon and his Bigs in Blue Big PJ
Devon and Officer PJ were matched in the early summer of 2018.
Together, they have enjoyed activities such as bike riding and playing basketball, to name a few. Officer PJ even made it to Devon’s very first track meet!
Devon says: “When I found my Big, it’s like everything changed. It’s like the world opened up to me again”.
Devon and Officer PJ continue to spend time together getting to know each other and attend the special events that the agency provides. They also continue to learn about each other’s favorite activities and exploring new ones together.