April 18, 2018 – It was a day of fun and games between students and officers with the Bakersfield Police Department (BPD) at the inaugural Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) Kids & Cops event at McKinley Elementary School. About a dozen BPD officers joined more than 40 students from the elementary school to play games such as tug-of-war, balloon toss and relay races. Each officer was assigned to a group of students to be the team captain for the competitive activities.
“We wanted the officers and students just to have fun together and to get to know one another, said Louis Neil, Youth Services Supervisor, BCSD.
The goal of the event was to build positive relationships between the kids and local law-enforcement. The students had the opportunity to ask the officers questions about their job while participating in the fun filled events.
“I think the biggest thing is people get intimidated by us while we are in our uniforms. Having these kids hang out with us and playing games at an event like this will leave a huge impact on them,” said Lucy Heredia, officer, Bakersfield Police Department.
After the competition, the students sat to have lunch with the officers to learn about bike safety. The event concluded with an awards ceremony. Kids & Cops was sponsored by BCSD, the Westchester Kiwanis Club, the Bakersfield Police Department, Kern Medical and McDonald’s.
For a video of the event, click here.