Officers Building Bonds With Kids

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CHARLOTTE, NC — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers from the Independence Division met, dined and talked with a group of kids at New Hope Baptist Church in east Charlotte Wednesday night.

The kids are in grades 3 – 12.  They talked with officers about a variety of topics, but the main goal of the event was to build relationships and develop bonds.  Captain Estella Patterson was the guest speaker.

“We’re always working with the youth, trying to get ’em when they’re young,  help develop them, help to build the relationship so that when they become older, one, maybe they’ll become police officers, or secondly, they can be an ambassador for us,” said Captain Patterson.

Captain Patterson urges kids who are interested in policing to check out CMPD’s Cadet, Explorer, or High School academies, all designed for young people.