The RPD expands its community policing initiative through Cookout with Cops
The first Cookout with Cops was a smashing success! The event had everything from people, to police to pickle ball.
On Saturday, September 8, the Richfield Police Department held its first annual Cookout with Cops at Washington Park.
This event was designed to bring the community together so residents could get to know the city’s police officers. With more than 100 residents in attendance, the police department believes this event was a huge success and has the possibility to grow even larger in the future.
“When you create a new event you never know how it is going to go,” explained Police Chief Jay Henthorne. “Residents can out in force and seemed to like being able to interact with our officers on a one-on-one basis.”
While the main appeal of the event was to hang out with the officers, BBQ911 was also there serving free freshly grilled burgers and hot dogs.
The delicious food was definitely needed to make sure that both the officers and residents had enough energy to participate in some friendly competition.
After both the police officers and residents finished eating, they took to the basketball court, bag toss field, and pickle ball court to let loose.
“I think some of our officers learned a few tricks from residents on how to be better lawn game players,” said Lieutenant Mike Flaherty, who helped organize the event. “This event is just another step in building a stronger relationship with the community we serve on a daily basis.”
The Richfield Police Department is excited to see this event grow in the coming years, so that more residents can get to know the officers that protect and serve them.
The department sees this event as a way for “police and the community to come together.”