BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Police Department is hosting its first ever Boxing with the Badge skills camp this summer, but the goal is to achieve more than the physical.
"We are using boxing as a tool, but at the end of the day, we're trying to build relationships," said Riley Harbor, a Baton Rouge Police Department officer. . "Trying to change one kid at a time.
"Sometimes, kids are frightened by the uniform. "They may not talk to you," Harbor added. "We're just one team. Whether it's law enforcement, schools, churches, businesses, city government -- we're all just one team in this community."
The class started on June 12 and includes kids 8-13 years old.
"What better way than to introduce kids to boxing to build character, discipline, structure, self-esteem, and confidence," said Tafari Beard, another officer teaching the program. "I have a lot of kids, when they start, they walk in with their heads down, and walk out with their heads up. Their chest out. They're proud."
Although this class comes to an end on June 15, there will be more community events over the summer.
Call the BRPD Community Policing Division at 389-4801 for more information.