By Dan Campana
Summertime has arrived.
The signs are everywhere – school’s out, the weather has warmed up (and stayed warm, finally) and police departments all over the place are connecting with local youngsters to have fun and build relationships.
Based on the smiles popping up in pictures across law enforcement social media, the kids are doing all right in the early stages of the best time of the year.
Here’s a look at some of the ways police have engaged with kids so far this summer:
Buffalo Grove Police Chief Steve Casstevens and several officers hosted 100 kids for “Bowl with a Cop” day at Bowlero in the northwest suburb. Attendees got two free hours of bowling while hanging out with the chief and his crew. (Photo courtesy of Steve Casstevens/Twitter)
Peoria County Sheriff’s Office
Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell took to Facebook recently to share a photo of three kids who received new bikes through a Peoria Park District bike safety fair. Although he wrote about being disappointed he could only give out just a few bikes, Asbell was heartened to hear one of the children say they would give their old bike to another child. That inspired the idea for a June 21 bike collection drive at the sheriff’s office. Any children’s size bikes in good working condition donated that day will be given to the local Boys and Girls Club for distribution to those in need, Asbell wrote. (Photo courtesy of Brian Asbell/Facebook)
Belvidere police officers joined with residents for the department’s Summer Community Policing Initiative which included games for children. (Photo courtesy of the Belvidere Police Department/Facebook)
To close out the department’s Adopt-A-Cop initiative for this year, Carol Stream police paid a special visit to Western Trails Elementary School where students got an up close look at a police vehicle. (Photo courtesy of Carol Stream Police Department/Facebook)