CAPS is a local program sponsored through donations and volunteers to help provide an after school option for Hobart's youth after school. Any student in 6th through 12th grade along with all City of Hobart employees and their families are welcome to participate.
Officer Monte White along with Sarah Nussen and Chief Rick Zormier help to organize the program. It is a program run by members of the Hobart Police Department and other city employees. They are part of a core group of volunteers also including Stephanie Stewart, Erik Ivan and Kenneth Gagliardi.
"This program helps create positive interaction for officers and the youth in a stress free environment. Officers participate in everything from dodge ball and basketball games side by side with the kids," stated Officer White. "Activities in the program are always changing and expanding with the continued support we are receiving from donations from local businesses. The kids are always willing to give their input into the programs they would like to see at the center."
The new Police Station utilizes the two full sized gyms at the center to house the activities such as basketball, soccer, dodge ball along with volleyball. They are anxious to get outside and get involved in some outdoor activities as well. They are hoping to begin utilizing the old Brickie Bowl for some football and track activities.
They decided to have this open house to announce the new hours which will be: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30.
We are located in the Police, Court and Community Center, at 705 E. 4th Street. Enter through the Court Doors. This is a FREE program for all who want to come out.
Officers were on hand to promote the center to the community as well as allow a venue for the different sports organizations and community associations to give out information to the parents about their various programs. The HPD was providing Child ID's at no charge as well.
"Hobart has been very generous with their donations. The whole program is funded by monetary and equipment donations from the community. The Maria Reiner Senior Center provides water each session for the group. Refreshments for the event were donated by Wal-Mart. One of the officers donated their Bouncy House for use at the open house and everyone who came in was eligible for door prizes. A generous donation from former police officer William Sempf Sr. allowed the group to purchase volleyball nets and balls in honor of his son. The School City of Hobart has also donated equipment to the program," stated Sarah Nussen.
Everyone who came also had the opportunity to meet Butch, the newest member of the Hobart K-9 unit. Butch along with Scout, Leon and Spike are the four dogs making up the squad which are not only utilized in the Hobart community but assist other nearby communities as well. The K-9 unit is also supported through donations. Eukanuba generously provides food for the crew and the Hobart Animal Clinic takes care of the Veterinary needs for them. They are mainly used for Narcotic searching but are also utilized for tracking. They can track lost kids and also adults who have wandered astray. They are successful in tracking in all environments and are also utilized to gather evidence.
Please come out and support this worthwhile program in the community. The goal is to give the youth a positive place to come after school and socialize in a safe, stress free environment.
If you are a local community business willing to make a donation or would like to volunteer your time, contact 942-1125 ext 1048.