I spent some time at Neighborhood Youth Services located in Washington Center today. Over 16 years ago, when I was a community officer the police department had an office in Washington Center and it was a hub of activity. I got to know many of the kids who hung out there and built positive relationships with them. Today, I heard several of the kids ask why there was a police officer there. It made me realize we need to get our officers back in there building relationships with the kids. One little six year old hid under a table when I arrived and told me he was scared of cops. After a game of air hockey, laughing, joking and eating lunch together I asked him if he was still scared of cops and he shouted a resounding "no!" That is a rewarding part of police work I really miss.
WDIO did a short story on NYS today. Here is the link. I could not direct link the story so look for "NYS block party" and click on that.