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Event looks to build bridge between safety officers and community

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Kids were busy turning on the sirens and honking horns at the 5th Annual Touch-A-Truck event in Flint.

Ali Cleaves went to the event with his family and said it was a great event. “Gives the kids an opportunity to see different things, things that they have questions about,” said Cleaves.

With tensions high in some communities due to shootings and riots, Cleaves said he hopes events like this will bring everyone together.

“Hopefully it helps bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community.”

Kendrick Turner said it was really neat to be able to sit in a real police car and a Black Hawk helicopter. His sister was able to play in the bounce house and even got her face painted.

He said it was cool meeting so many safety officers.

“Having fun! I think they are really good guys!”

More than 12 law enforcement agencies were at the event, handing out everything from balloons to free hot dogs.

U-of-M-Flint helped host the event that was put on to help build a sense of community, and bring families and law enforcement together in a positive way.

Trooper Amy Bellanger said the event was very important for the Michigan State Police.

“It’s all about building that relationship and talking to the community. And if they have questions, we are happy to answer those for them,” said Bellanger.

Cleaves said the event came at the perfect time and hopes that it will ease tensions between police and the people.

“A sense of community. And know that we do have some issues going on, but there is some light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully we can work together and get to that day.”

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