On Friday, May 9th, kids from all over Charlottesville City joined the Charlottesville Police Department at the Boys & Girls Club for an afternoon of fun, games, and police education. Ringo, the Department's newest dog in the K9 unit, made his debut by participating in the staged "bad guy" scene after K9 Leo had a turn taking down the first suspect. The kids loved the action and cheered on the dogs!
This year, officers took groups of 10-20 kids around to different activities throughout the event. They learned how to shoot targets with a nerf gun compliments of the SWAT team, cheer on their favorite officers in the bicycle competition, play "red light, green light" with the traffic unit, race through the bouncy house maze, dance the limbo, and play police cornhole. This year also marked the 2nd annual police vs teen basketball tournament. Last year, the teens bested the cops, but this year the cops came prepared and won the championship.
The best part of the day was seeing the kids' faces light up when they saw how much fun they could have with the police that they see around town and in their neighborhoods. Relationships were built and grown, which is what Community Policing is all about.