Positive interactions are what we strive for at the Club, and these interactions have recently included
local law enforcement officers. Since April, the new "Kids & Cops" program has built positive relationships
between members and officers and promoted fun and playful interactions.
Thanks to the Stand T.A.L.L. (Thank A Local Lawman) Foundation, several days a week, uniformed,
off-duty police officers are on campus at the Club. In addition to enhancing campus security, this
partnership provides Club youth with informal opportunities to get to know officers and engage
with them through good, old-fashioned play. "The kids are our most precious resource, and we"re
hoping that the program will help change attitudes. That is such a big, big thing for us,"
Stand TALL's Ron Kauffman said.
Many members have enjoyed these points of contact and say about the officers things like, "They are so nice and helpful, and they are great at sports." Others enjoy simple everyday connections like sharing snacks. One member in particular recently remarked that having officers here have inspired him about his future. "They made me want to be a policeman or fireman when I grow up!"