Personnel with the Selma Police Department hand out school supplies to children Saturday morning at Bloch Park. -- Sarah Cook
Personnel with the Selma Police Department hand out school supplies to children Saturday morning at Bloch Park. -- Sarah Cook

Selma Police provide school supplies to area children

Published 9:31pm Monday, August 19, 2013

Children and their parents flooded the Bloch Park area as the Selma Police Department hosted it’s fourth annual Cops n’ Kids back to school event. Handing out bags of free school supplies and hotdogs, members of the police department enjoyed a fun-filled day with area children.

Lt. Natasha Fowlks of the Selma Police Department said its important police officers get out in the community and spend time with children, as it builds a strong, positive relationship.

“It’s important because we know that education is paramount to the future of these children,” Fowlks explained. “Also, this gives the kids a chance to meet the police officers, and let them know we’re here to help them.”

With more than 300 children in attendance, Fowlks said this was the largest Cops n’ Kids event to date.

Selma Mayor George Evans was one of several local officials in attendance. Because Selma City Schools and Dallas County Schools started back Monday, Evans said the event was a great way to remind children that law enforcement is here to help.

“It’s nice to have events like this where kids can come out and have a good time and also get all their school supplies,” Evans said. “Somewhere along the line, this breaks the fear barrier with the police officers and they realize that the police department wants to help them. This lets them know that they can talk to police officers. They’re friends, not the enemy.”

Juanita Nettles was one of many parents who decided to bring their child to the program. With three children about to start school in the Selma City School System, Nettles said Cops n’ Kids is a great opportunity to get free school supplies for her children.

“This is a great opportunity for the kids to come out and have some fun,” Nettles said, while her children enjoyed free hotdogs. “Everybody needs to have some help, we think this is great.”

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