ACPD holds annual 'Putt Putt with the Police'
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Albemarle County Police Foundation and the Albemarle County Police Department hosted their largest community outreach event of the year on Monday.
The fifth annual “Putt Putt with the Police” was a great way for the community to see police officers in a different light.
"This is the best day of my life,” Livia, a putt putt player, said.
"Just playing a little friendly competition,” ACPD Lieutenant Colonel Terry Walls said.
ACPD and the community were able to come together to play some putt putt.
"So, we're thrilled with the turn-out today. and we've grown in terms of our community partners,” executive director for the Albemarle County Police Foundation, Kate Kaminski said.
This event is not only the largest fundraiser between the Albemarle County Police Foundation and ACPD, but it also gives the community a way to interact with police in a fun and light-hearted way.
"We try to put forth an effort so that the community can see a different face of us that's not just when something bad happens,” ACPD Sargent on evening shift patrol, Roger Snodgrass said.
"It's just a great event for us to be able to have a connection with the community that's not directly related to an incident or something we're responding to,” Walls said.
The event included free putt putt, pizza, slides, and ice cones as well as a chance to explore patrol vehicles, SWAT trucks and motorcycles and to meet K-9 officers Lola and Bella.
Some kids shared their favorite activities.
"Going down that side, it was fun,” Ciyidal Petty said.
"My favorite part was probably going through the putt putt course," Halio Stinnie said.
"Shaved ice. The best part,” Shy Gibson said.
And some officers shared how engaging with the kids in the community at this event means a lot to them.
"Apparently we're handing out a scavenger sheet, list, and they have to approach officers and ask them certain questions. Like what is our duty belt called or what's our badge number, and stuff like that,” ACPD officer, Chaka Joiner said.
This event was also a great way to give kids school supplies as they head into the new school year.
"This is the second year that we've added school supplies to the event because we changed the timing to coincide with the start of school,” Kaminski said.
Although the numbers aren't out yet, this year’s event could have seen roughly 800 people from around the county.