Special event held to build trust with police

November 4, 2016 by  

The second annual KOPS-n-Kids Community Day was recently held on a Saturday afternoon in Upper Marlboro at the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 89, and hosted by United for Blue.

United for Blue is a nonprofit organization with a mission to unite officers with the community through education, community outreach, and events.

The event was free and opened to the public, with over 11 police and SWAT teams participating from areas like Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia. These included Maryland State and Maryland Park Police, US Park and Capitol police, and Metro Transit, along with police from Prince George’s County and Charles County. Among the featured activities was a cookout and demonstrations of motorcycles, helicopters, SWAT Teams, and the K-9 units.

Several games were also spread throughout the day and included a basketball shooting competition, cornhole, football, and kickball. Special activities for the kids ranged from face painting, to balloon animals and moon bounces. A forensics workshop was held for adults.

Former NFL star Lee Evans and former Maryland Terrapins linebacker E.J. Henderson also made special guest appearances to play with the children.

In the run-up to events like this, organizers often task a local print company with creating a flyer to be distributed throughout the area so as to attract as many people as possible to them.