Close to 200 Delta youth took to the basketball court at North Delta Secondary in a successful three-on-three tournament hosted by the Delta Police Foundation.
The tournament, which has grown into a two-day event, is helping bridge the gap between the police and youth in positive ways.
“We want the youth of Delta to feel comfortable and confident with their police department and the officers working in their community,” said police Chief Neil Dubord. “An event like the three-on-three basketball tournament gives us the opportunity to interact with the youth of our community in a fun and positive way.
“Throughout the day many officers stop by to cheer on the teams, chat with parents and spend time with the players. It is integral to the DPD that we maintain a positive relationship with the future leaders of our community.”
Besides the Delta Police Foundation, several volunteers from the community police offices were on hand to help run the tournament. Telus also stepped up to provide a cheque for $7,000.
“The mission of the Delta Police Foundation is to support the DPD in engaging with the youth of our community,” said foundation chair Rod Binder. “When Sgt. Sukh Sidhu approached the board two years ago about supporting a three-on-three basketball tournament, the board was in full support. Through generous donations from Delta businesses and citizens, the DPF is able to provide professional referees, DJ, prizes, trophies, lunch, water, snacks and shirts for the players at the three-on-three tournament.”