Athens Police Department connects with the kids

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“I think they are a little taken back because usually when a cop comes they are looking for someone,” Aubry Baker. 
 
Athens Police officer Derrick Brooks is at the Baker’s home, but at first the kids don’t understand why.

The police department launched a new initiative. Officers now hand out Frisbees and balls to the kids around the community. 
 
“What this is going to allow us to do is not only hand it to them but throw the Frisbees with them,” said Chief  Floyd Johnson. 
 
The Athens Police Department wants children to be comfortable with their officers. 
 
“In light of recent events it’s even more important. A lot of children grow up with the wrong attitude about Athens police officers,” Bill Ward President of the Rotary Club said. 
 
The Athens Rotary Club donated over $2,000 to make this happen, and Aubry Baker is thrilled.
 
“I was like delighted, that was really nice. I think it’s a refreshing change,” Baker said. 
 
Today is also refreshing to Officer Brooks. 
 
“It’s probably a little glimmer of hope that people still like police officers,” Officer Brooks said. 
 
 

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