On August 25th, the PD held our first Game Night, during which children and parents in our community played video games with Kenneth City police officers in a fun, non-competitive, safe atmosphere. This Community Policing Event focused on reaching out to kids through a medium they are interested in and made sure to include parents as well so that whole families can continue to stay safe locally while playing games online. Gamers on The Edge did an amazing job, providing all of the entertainment for the event, and invaluable support for what our officers are trying to accomplish in our community. Tisha and Tasha from Goins Garage participated throughout, and also served our delicious Cicis pizzas to all of the hungry gamer boys and girls.
CP Officer Beltran asked attendees to share their experiences, and also spoke about staying safe while playing games online, including not giving out any personal
information, such as your full name or school name, birth date, home address, telephone, email address, photos, credit cards, or passwords. He also talked about being cautious when accepting messages that may contain links to inappropriate websites or may contain computer viruses. And he talked to the kids about speaking to an adult when
anything they saw or interacted with online made them feel uncomfortable.
It was great to see all the smiles and new faces and to watch our police officers Beltran, Diaz, Castillo, and Perrault play shoulder to shoulder with kids and their parents at the different stations set up by Gamers on the
Edge. Parents and caregivers at this Event were thrilled to see their kids interact with police officers and make new friends and role models -- Angel and the folks at Gamers on The Edge also set a great example through their mission. Thank you to all who participated and helped make this Event a reality. Every day our officers will continue to build trust and provide service but it is at Community Policing Events such as Game Night that they are especially grateful to tackle serious issues, such as online safety, in a fun and positive way and in partnership with our
community. #familyfriendly #kidfriendly #communitypolicing #gaming #onlinesafety