Community Athletic Program

Community Athletic Program

Howard County Police youth programs trailer

The Community Athletic Program, of CAP, consists of a traveling trailer filled with sports gear, games, and video game equipment and staffed by school resource officers.

Police & Youth Engagement

The concept is for police to engage with at-risk youth in areas where young people congregate during the summer months.  The CAP is deployed to neighborhoods where youth gather – usually unsupervised – and offers productive activities with an aim to deter crime and gang involvement.

A police officer engages in a community athletic program with a group of girls, participating in a lively hula hoop session.
A police officer is participating in a community athletic program, playing basketball with a young boy.

Fosters Positive Relationships

As an added benefit, the program fosters positive relationships between youth and police.  Activities include basketball, baseball, flag football, flor hockey, tennis, board games, and video games.

A man in a blue shirt is engaging in a community athletic program by playing basketball with a young boy.
A police officer engaging with a young boy in a field as part of a Community Athletic Program.
A police officer enthusiastically participating in a community athletic program, displaying their skills by expertly kicking a soccer ball.