BRPD looks to create more positive connections within community

BRPD looks to create more positive connections within community
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A video of a Baton Rouge police officer that went viral has caught the attention of the Chief of Police.

With the advent of the internet, people have been trained to think a shaky cell phone video of a police officer in a black neighborhood is going to be a bad thing. However, a video of a BRPD officer shows the more positive side of events.

The video in question shows an officer teaching kids how to play catch. The officer even shows the kids how to get down to block a passed ball.

"I felt was like a proud Dad," said Chief of Police Carl Dabadie. "My chest swelled up, and I knew that they are actually listening to the message that we are trying to bring. It was just an 'Ah ha!' moment. You're just proud."

With protests and clashes between citizens and police going on all over the world, Baton Rouge police officers enjoyed the day with campers at Elm Grove Baptist Church.

"Where they can relax, we can relax, and we can talk and we can converse with each other and we can learn from them and they can learn from us," said Dabadie.

One of the most important things to take away from these interactions, is the idea that these children will be able to walk away from their day with police with a positive experience and a smile on their face.

Chief Dabadie says that they are doing everything they can in order to keep the trust between citizen and police strong. "We don't want those issues to happen here," said Chief Dabadie. "That's why we are doing these types of things with the community to bridge those communication gaps to show this community that we are here to protect them, and not to hurt them."

BRPD has a few more day camps planned over the summer.

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