Travelers Championship Helps Fund Police Training Initiative

June 30, 2020 - 12:33 pm

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Travelers Championship is giving some of the money
raised by last week's golf tournament in Connecticut to help create a program to
train police in how to deal with teens and young adults, especially in Black and
racially diverse communities.
 The tournament and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving announced Tuesday
they are teaming to provide $300,000 over two years to the University of New
Haven's Center for Advanced Policing and the Tow Youth Justice Institute.
 Officials said the money will be used to launch the Connecticut Institute for
Youth and Police Relations in Greater Hartford in the fall.
 Officials said the institute will assist police officers in learning how to
maintain public safety while also serving the best interests of youth. The
program is expected to begin in the fall and will focus on police officers who
have regular contact with people up to the age of 24.
 ``As seen throughout our nation, law enforcement must continue the important
work of building trust and legitimacy with the communities we serve,'' said
Windsor Police Chief Donald Melanson, president of the Capitol Region Chiefs of
Police Association. ``Understanding the impact of trauma on youth and families
and interacting with youth in conversation will go a long way toward bettering
police - youth relations.''
 The Travelers Championship generated more than $1.6 million for charities in
Connecticut from this year's PGA Tour event, where no tickets were sold because
of the coronavirus pandemic. That is down from more than $2 million a year ago.
 Tournament Director Nathan Grube said many corporate sponsors decided to give
their usual donations even without getting the ticket packages, receptions or
hospitality tents in return.