BRAZIL, IND. (Oct. 21, 2020) – Safety is a guiding principle of the new Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch for future law enforcement officers, at-risk kids, young witnesses and victims of crime.
So, the board of sheriffs who lead the statewide not-for-profit has decided to continue safely, socially distancing students attending weekend retreats at the West Central Indiana camp until a Covid-19 vaccine is widely available.
Earlier this month, ISYR invited the first 10 of 200 at-risk kids expected to visit the 62-acre academy this fall, next spring and summer. After the pandemic, ISYR will host weeklong academies for up to 100 Indiana teens selected by local law enforcement and school officials.
“Mentoring future law enforcement officers, bonding with at risk kids, and comforting young witnesses of crime are our missions,” said La Porte County Sheriff John Boyd, an ISYR trustee. “We’ve decided if we can host Indiana youth safely, we want to make certain we do not miss the opportunity to reach a grade level of young leaders because of Covid-19.”
Ripley County Sheriff and ISYR Trustee Jeff Cumberworth agreed. “Our Indiana students are only young once. Sheriffs and deputies want to make certain we do all we can to help parents and grandparents raise better kids with safer futures.”
While awaiting an effective vaccine, the Youth Ranch will continue hosting weekend retreats of smaller groups of students, said Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen, another ISYR trustee. “Most of our programming and activities are always outdoors, which helps keep the student leaders and adult instructors safer from the coronavirus.”