Ridgefield, CT \u2013 June 8, 2017 On Friday, May 26th, the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield\u2019s Keystone Club (the Club\u2019s nationally award winning high school character and leadership program) in collaboration with the Ridgefield Police Department, hosted their Peace with Police event. Facilitating cooperation, understanding, and appreciation between police officers and teenagers was the goal of the 2017 national project from Boys & Girls Club of America. Officers from the RPD and over 50 teens from the community participated in various Minute to Win it style games, which included water bottle flip, oreo face off, rubber band target practice and more. \u201cThe Minute to Win it challenges were instrumental in establishing a sense of comfort between the officers and teens. Once the teens and officers got to know each other better, it helped for the discussion portion of the night,\u201d said Jeff Goncalves, Program Coordinator. \u201cWe are extremely grateful for this partnership and look forward to continuing to host more successful and unifying events like this in the future.\u201d Officers were responsible for covering a specific topic as teens rotated from room to room every 20 minutes. Discussion topics included Use of Force, Citizen Legal Rights, Legalization of Marijuana, the Heroin Epidemic. State Representative John Frey and the Chief of the Ridgefield Police Department were in attendance and participated in the discussion aspect of the event. \u201cFrom the initial planning, to the final event, it was truly a privilege to work with the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield\u2019s Keystone Club. This was an informative and fun filled event with the goal of the evening being accomplished. The collaborative effort between the police department and the Boys & Girls Club was exceptional, and we are excited to participate in future events,\u201d said Captain Jeff Kreitz of the Ridgefield Police Department.