Women in Blue is an association of dedicated female Boston Police Officers of various ranks and units, working together – not only to increase trust, but to build stronger relationships with youth, particularly young women and girls. Women in Blue combine joint participation in athletics with productive dialogues and discussions, as well as exposing young women to opportunities and new experiences.
The Women in Blue program was formed by Superintendent Nora Baston and Police Officer Skye Canuto in 2014 based on the impact they saw that officers were making in the events that they participated in. They were struck by the influence they had and realized the potential they had for making a difference in the lives of girls. By having the time to spend sharing stories, building friendships and discussing issues, Women in Blue will continue to be a strong, positive role models for girls as they grow into adulthood.
P.A.L. supports the Women in Blue by funding programs that promote personal development and healthy living opportunities, as well as connections to higher education.
Examples of activities include:
- Basketball games: Women in Blue vs. High School Middle School, and community center teams followed by dialogues and subsequent trips to a women’s college basketball games.
- Other sports activities followed by dialogues -- lacrosse, softball, dodgeball and other sports activities.
- Monthly activities with BCYF Girls Leadership Corps, i.e. roller skating, skiing, bowling.
Other types of non-sports related activities are:
- College campus visits.
- Facilitated dialogues with various community partners.
- Reading to students in schools.
- Stranger Danger classes.
- Book clubs.
- Special guest lecturers in elementary, middle and high schools.
- One on one mentoring sessions.
- Summer camps – including sports camps at local colleges.
- Age-appropriate screening of the Stop Handgun Violence 50K Motion video on gun trafficking and subsequent discussion.