Sunday, September 9, 2012

Building Relationships on Bainbridge Island

In a concerted effort to show the community the human side of its law enforcement officers, Bainbridge Island Police Department officers will be taking part in a variety of upcoming community events.

Events kicked off Saturday with a Cops and Kids tennis tournament where junior tennis players were paired with officers for doubles play. The tournament served as a fundraiser for the local high school's booster club.

"I think it's great," Susan March told Kitsap Sun, after the match. "For these little kids, who haven't had any interaction with police before, they get to see their softer side."

This week, the department's Citizens' Academy kicks off. Many departments provide this multi-session educational opportunity for community members. Typically, the program includes classes on the inner workings of law enforcement, tours and ride-alongs. A town hall meeting will allow public airing of any issues or questions for the community. Officers are also slated to judge a scarecrow contest later in the fall, perhaps a dodgeball tournament, and another town hall meeting this winter.

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