The Ada County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho to launch a program aimed at mentoring youth.

The program, Bigs in Blue, will pair a specific child with an individual police officer, according to a news release from Big Brothers and Big Sisters. The children in the program may have expressed interested in a law enforcement career, or they may have had previous interactions with law enforcement, according to the release. Officers and children will meet twice a month, and will “explore fun things together in the community, such as hiking in the foothills, visiting the farmers market or riding bikes,” according to the release. Officers may also meet weekly with children for lunch during the school year.

“Our team is excited to support Bigs in Blue because it will help us further the connections we work to build every day in our schools and neighborhoods,” Ada County Sheriff Steve Bartlett said in a written statement. “Unfortunately, some children come to know us because they were a victim of a crime or because their parent has been arrested or had a run-in with the law. Bigs in Blue gives us the chance to create positive interactions with our youngest citizens so we can show them we are invested in their safety and their success in the future.”

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