Cops 4 Kids brings community together

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Officers from the Charlottesville Police Department got a couple of hours to play games with kids from the Boys and Girls Club during the annual Cop 4 Kids Day this afternoon.

This day is meant to help bridge the gap between kids and law enforcement.

Kids got the chance to play with officers by having water gun fights, play corn hole and other activities.

Mindy Goodall, the executive director of the Charlottesville Police Foundation, said Friday's event was about kids having positive exposure to police officers.

"There are lots of opportunities for kids to engage with police officers and get to know that a police officer doesn't have to be someone that's scary. It's not just a uniform and a badge, but it's an actual person who is a member of the community," Goodall said.

She also emphasized that police officers are in the community to help other and kids shouldn't feel threatened by their presence.

"Police officers are here to serve the community," Goodall said. "They are here to help you when you need something, when you're in trouble or you just need someone in the community to help you. It's really important that kids understand that."

This was the tenth year that the event has been held and the officers look forward to doing the same thing in 2019.

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