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Police Chief Koval to Visit MSCR Program As Part of Community Building Program Today

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This summer, MSCR’s youth program at Marlborough Park is collaborating with the Madison Police Department neighborhood officers to offer a Police Club. The goal of the club is to build positive relationships, educate youth about police practices and to train youth to be leaders within their own community.

The club is an eight-week program that meets once a week with 15 participants who are ages 9-13 years old. Chief Mike Koval, MPD’s K9 Unit, and the Mounted Horse Patrol will attend the last session to congratulate the participants from the program today from 2-4 p.m. at Marlborough Park, 2222 Whenona Dr.

Allied Neighborhood Officers Manny Gatdula and Brandon Mortenson have worked with youth each week. According to Laura Harrington, Allied Learning Center Director who oversees the Marlborough Park program, “this is constructive tool to bridge relationships between the public and the police. It has strengthened a bond and greater understanding of police work between the youth and the neighborhood officers.”

The Allied Learning Center and the Marlborough Park Summer Youth Program serves 175 neighborhood children offering a variety of enriching activities like reading, arts, swimming, fitness and fun field trips. This is just one of several MSCR youth and child care programs. MSCR offers many recreation programs for all ages that are accessible and affordable, year-round.