Burnaby RCMP helping youth, one goal at a time


2017-08-31 14:50 PDT

Group photo of soccer camp participants and Cst Kwame Amaoteng

Burnaby RCMP is taking steps to close the gap between youth and police by engaging young people in the community through sport.

From Monday August 28 to Friday September 1, Burnaby RCMP Constable Kwame Amoateng is running a soccer camp for Burnaby youth, all in an effort to provide an opportunity for positive interaction with the police. The young people involved in the camp are from diverse multicultural backgrounds and some of them are new to Canada. Cst. Amoateng, an avid soccer player himself, is using the game as a catalyst to build rapport with these kids, many of whom are unfamiliar with the Burnaby RCMP or police in general.

There is expected to be 18 kids in attendance at the camp which is running at Edmonds Park in Burnaby.

Cst. Amoateng’s incentive to organize this event stemmed from his experience as a young child when he had a positive interaction with a police officer. The kind police officer made such an impact on the young Kwame that he decided to become a police officer himself. He has been a police officer for five years all of which have been served at Burnaby Detachment.

This type of initiative is crucial in building relationships with young people to support them in making positive life choices and reducing their chances of getting involved in a criminal lifestyle.

Burnaby Detachment has supported youth initiatives and strategies for quite some time and I encourage all members of our Community Programs team to build strong, healthy relationships with the young people in the community says Inspector Kathy Hartwig, Officer in Charge of Community Programs. She added, Cst. Amoateng has worked very hard on developing this initiative based on his passion for soccer and sports. He has worked with other teams at Burnaby Detachment such as Victim Services and his coworkers on the Community Response Team to make sure this soccer camp is a success. This is a great initiative and we hope to do it again next year.

Overwhelming support and praise has been received from Edmonds Community Centre and the staff at Hillside Gardens to ensure that the kids have a fun-filled, safe experience this week.

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