SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane Police officers are trading in their uniforms for t-shirts and jerseys.
Officers are teaming up with community leaders to encourage local kids to make good choices. The department kicked off its police activities league this summer. From now until August police are working to increase respect and understanding between them and neighborhood kids.
“It's not just about police activity, it's about building a better community. We hope that they take the core values that we give them, the leadership, the integrity and the sportsmanship back home so they can work on it and come back here the next day," said Officer Winston Brooks.
The PAL Program focuses on these cores values throughout the six week program. Kids get involved with basketball, soccer, flag football and even golf. Spokane police also partner with schools for STEM activities and nutritionists the help kids make healthy choices.
“What we’re trying to do out here is expose them to some really fun healthy foods. Fresh fruits, fresh vegetables so that they're familiar with them and their no school meals they can still maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said Terry Perry with Washington State University Food $ense.
Many of the older Youth and Police Initiative graduates that we featured kayaking with officers will also help out. They will work as mentors for the younger kids.