Kickball With a Cop
According to Salt River Police Chief Karl Auerbach, the third annual SRPD Kickball With a Cop event was a positive way for the police officers to get involved and interact with the youth of the Community.
The event was held at the Way Of Life Facility on November 8 with about 100 youth and 30 SRPD team members. Staff from the WOLF lent a helping hand, including Community Recreational Services and members of the Young River People’s Council. The event started with a hot dog dinner and welcome from Auerbach and Sgt. Jeremiah Rangel.
“This is a good way to do community-based policing, getting to know the Community by interacting with them,” said Auerbach.
“All the officers are very approachable and very excited to get the games going and to play with the youth,” said Rangel. “We are also going to be covering topics that affect our nation in a negative fashion, [like] crime and safety.”
Activities throughout the evening included the kickball games, where youth teamed up against officers on the field. There were also brief presentations on making healthy choices, such as “just say no” to drugs and gangs, what is bullying, and how to call the police if you hear or see something suspicious.
In addition to the kickball, everyone enjoyed Frisbee toss, ring toss and cornhole games. Two inflatable bounce houses were also set up on the field.