Young kids and families enjoyed meeting with the 22 police agencies on hand at the 25th annual Cops ‘n Kids field day in Arroyo Grande on Sunday.
Kids were able to meet local law enforcement and see the tools they use.
Co-founder Jay Conner says the event helps kids get a sense of respect and understanding for what law enforcement does, which in turn can help save someone’s life.
“In the society today, with all the troubles we have, the misunderstandings between the community and law enforcement is that if we can not only save one child but if we can save one law enforcement persons life,” said Conner.
Conner says holding an event like this can help people realize law enforcement are humans who want to help.
The focus of the program, Conner says, is to take down barriers, make better contact with the community, and lower anxiety between police officers and the communities they serve.