Officers take a hit to build youth relations

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Friday, April 04, 2008

On March 28, three Kenai police officers paid a visit to the Boys and Girls Club Kenai Clubhouse for a "little" game of dodgeball.

Little did the officers know they would soon face 86 members who were very excited about the possibility of taking out an officer of the law.

The event was full of excitement for the youth, ages 6 to 12.

The highlight of the event were the matches that pitted the 86 youth against the three officers.

Needless to say, the kids were very excited and the officers were a little outnumbered.

What made this event so special is not only the fact that the officers took time to make a positive impact on 86 youth, but also that they all did it on their day off.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula is very proud of our partnership with the Kenai Police Department and would like to thank Lt. Kim Wannamaker and Chief Chuck Kopp for allowing these officers to attend trainings and meetings with us to make this all possible.

Officers Gus Sandahl, Kelly George and Ben Langham have sacrificed their own personal time over the last year to reach out to our youth. Every month, these officers meet, plan and carry out activities to reach the youth of our community.

If you come across any of the officers listed above, please take time to thank them for their efforts to build a positive relationship between our youth and law enforcement.

On behalf of the more than 6,000 kids we serve on the peninsula, Thank you KPD.

James A. Clark

Athletics director

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