Kyabram Blue Light
Blue Light Victoria (including its branches) provide programs designed to engage young people. They include Blue Light discos, the Blue Light Camp, the Blue EDGE program and other activities that target specific risk factors. While each activity has its individual aims, objectives and desired outcomes, all of them aim to engage young people with their local police and their community.
Located in the Campaspe Shire Council, Kyabram Blue Light runs the KyFit program, discos for young people prep to Year 9, excursions and an annual leadership camp. Events are supervised by local police.
KyFit has been up and running now for two, going on three terms in Kyabram.
Developed by First Constable Mitchell BULL with the ongoing support of the Kyabram Blue Light Committee and a partnership with Kyabram P-12 College, Campaspe Youth Partnerships, CCLEN, the Alcohol & Drug Foundation and Blue Light Victoria.
KyFit currently runs a one hour session each Thursday from 4pm. The program has been wildly popular in the community with an ever growing interest from young people to participate. There are 30 participant’s actively involved from years 5 through 11 at school.
Initially in Term 3, 2019 the sessions were solely at the gym, but with ongoing feedback and input from the participants they indicated they would like more variety to further challenge themselves, as term 4 came along with the warmer weather and the opening of the outdoor pool, some pool sessions were worked into the term plan with a qualified swim instructor coming on board. Now into Term 1, 2020, the gym sessions and pool sessions have been accompanied with some sessions at the school hall with some ex-army personal coming along, bringing with them their army personality and mentality to push the participants even further, whilst adding some diversity to the program.
The army session were going to go either way with the group, however the feedback was overwhelming positive with every one of the 26 participant’s at the session wanting additional sessions planned.
The boys came home boasting how great tonight’s session was. They thought it was awesome to learn drill they use in the armyMother of two male (12 & 13) participant’s
So much harder than a PT session, in a good way14 year old male
Each session is run by an independent trainer from the community and has at least one, if not more, local police officer taking part besides the young people, sometimes with CFA or Ambulance officers become involved too beside other community mentors.
Blue Light Discos are an opportunity for local police members and community member to work collaboratively together to host a fun enjoyable experience for young people in a safe environment.
Through participation at a Blue Light Disco, young people are able to enjoy a social evening with friends, have the physical benefits of dance and movement, and enjoy a positive experience interacting with local police and volunteers. This increases their trust in authority and widens their support networks.
The Blue Light Discos offer an early intervention and prevention model. This offers a positive experience and furthers understanding of the role of police members in the community. Each event calls upon the hands of local volunteers to enhance community and partnerships, openness and understanding. Ongoing benefits include reduced crime within the neighbourhood through increased civic responsibility.
In addition to music, movement and socialising, local police members also facilitate a variety of games and team-building activities which invite further engagement and social relating.