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'Cop Shop' on healthy relationships for youths set

Published 4:40 pm, Thursday, October 11, 2012
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The Westport Police-Youth Collaborative will hold its first "Cop Shop" of the school year at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Toquet Hall Teen Center, 58 Post Road East.

The October Cop Shop topic is, "It Can Happen to Anybody: Practical Information for Every Middle School Student about Healthy Relationships."

The program will feature Officer Earl Middleton, a Vernon police officer with 16 years of experience in helping youths kids recognize and address unhealthy relationships, according to a release. He was the school resource officer in Vernon from 2008 to 2012 and has spoken with over 5,000 students about healthy teen relationships throughout his career.

He will be joined by several other Westport police officers, including Youth Detective Serenity Dobson, Dare Officer Ned Battling and Detective Jillian Cabana.

The event will provide youths an opportunity to have an informal discussion with the officer and ask them questions. A pizza dinner will be provided free of charge, the release states.

More than 50 youths attended the initial Cop Shops event last year.

Attendees may bring $5 to $10 to support the Domestic Violence Task Force's Oct. 18 butterfly release event to raise awareness.

For information, contact Youth Services Coordinator Elaine Daignault at elained@westportct.gov.