At ProAction Cops & Kids, we bring cops and kids together in skill-building and mentoring programs to create trust, respect and safer communities.
We believe that engaging cops and kids together in healthy, pro-social activities creates positive relationships and builds a mutual respect and understanding that strengthens our community today and for the future. The skill-building aspect of many ProAction programs often leads to educational and career opportunities for the young participants. Many participants even become interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement due to the mentorship of the police officers leading the programs.
ProAction Cops & Kids is a charitable organization established in Toronto in 1991 by business leader John Bitove Sr. who wanted to create an organization that would allow police officers to make a positive and impactful connection with young people. To achieve this, ProAction supports community-based programs developed and delivered by police officers that specifically engage at-risk young people.
The success and impact of our programs have led to an increase in demand from our Toronto police partners as well as from other police services. To meet this demand, ProAction expanded into Durham (2007), Hamilton (2008), Niagara Region (2014) and Halton (2017).
Since inception (1991), ProAction has reached over 400,000 young people through with over 2,000 programs delivered in partnership with over 18,000 police officers across our four chapters