WINSTED — The Winchester Police Department, in conjunction with the Winchester Recreation Department, held their fifth Cops and Kids day at Pearson School on Friday, July 9.
The event was held as part of the Recreation Department’s summer camp.
As part of the event, members of the police department played games with 40 children from the town.
The department also had a pizza lunch with the children, and held a question and answer session.
“The purpose of the event was to allow children from the Winsted area to meet the local police officers,” Officer Justin Waltzer wrote in an email to The Winsted Phoenix. “It is an opportunity to break down barriers between officers and the public. In this case, building a good relationship with local youth to build trust in the community.”
The department’s next event will be Coffee with a Cop, which will be held on Wednesday, July 14 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Railway Cafe, located at 580 Main Street.
“Now that the pandemic is heading to the rearview mirror, we would like to continue to host more events on our own, with the Winchester Recreation Department and any other Department available to participate,” Officer Waltzer wrote. “We plan to expand upon the foundation of events that we have done in the past and have a variety of new events to give people the opportunity to talk with the local Winchester police officers.”
Photos by Officers Justin Waltzer and Daniel Pietrafesa of the Winchester Police Department