Law enforcement helps out with summer reading program

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The Republic on 5/20/2020

Law enforcement officers from the Columbus Police Department and Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department have teamed up with JDAI (Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative) and Viewpoint Books to assist with a summer reading program.

Beginning today, students and their families who have received books from JDAI will be able to go online and read along with law enforcement officers who were video recorded reading select chapters from the books.

A link to the videos will be shared every Wednesday morning on CPD and BCSO social media pages. So far, JDAI and Viewpoint Books have distributed more than 70 sets of books from the Trouble at Table 5 book series to families in the community.

As the summer continues, we will send out links to additional videos where the officers have personally selected books that they wanted to read to the youth of our community. Two books selected by officers will also be read in Spanish.

“Collaboration is one of the eight core strategies of JDAI, and one we have historically and routinely engaged in with our community partners. By working to create this program, we strengthen our ability to bridge the relationship and trust between our youth and law enforcement partners,” said Bartholomew County Circuit Court JDAI Coordinator, Bobbie Shake.

To access the summer reading videos, go to the Columbus Police Department or Bartholomew County Sheriff Department Facebook pages each Wednesday.