Odd Squad has partnered with Police Judo and for the past several years has delivered numerous combined drug and gang education presentations for First Nations communities. OSP has followed up with these presentations by providing “Introduction to Judo” training sessions. In January 2016 this was done with Safer Schools Together in Williams Lake (gang and drug education), in partnership with the Carrier Sekani Family Services in the Burns Lake area, and recently for the Young Warriors Society in Vancouver.
With proper financing and through the utilization of senior Police Judo volunteers, Odd Squad is hoping to deliver ongoing drug and gang education training in 10-week sessions for First Nations communities in BC. We require funding to add the judo component and to help with teaching personal and social responsibility through structured judo training.
Judo is a perfect fit for Odd Squad as most of the principal OSP members are judo instructors, and we have extensive experience in bringing this interactive training component to First Nations communities throughout BC, Alberta and into almost every community in the NWT in the past six years.
By introducing structured judo training, Odd Squad finds that youth appreciate the opportunity to build on what they learn from the drug/gang education lectures, and they quickly pick up on the ethos of taking care of one’s partner, start developing interpersonal skills, goal-setting and learn resiliency skills.