DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) Danville police officers now have a new part of their job description: tutors.
"Not just somebody that's riding up and down the road, or going to a call, or what they see on TV, in the movies and things like that. They actually get to talk to us and ask us questions," says Corporal Stan Moorefield.
Officers say it's important kids view them as people.
"We're parents. We're children. We're brothers and we're sisters, and a lot of us have different stories and some of them can relate to how we were or how they are," says Moorefield.
The officers go to Union Street Missionary Baptist Church twice a week to tutor.
Different officers go each time, and the the organizer says it's been wonderful.
She says they aren't only tutors, they're mentors.
"I made this mistake here, and I don't want you to do it. I want you to focus on your education so you can be successful and be a productive citizen, so none of these officers will have a set of handcuffs for you," says Union Street Missionary Minister Sherri Reeves.
Because kids are the future.
"Ten, fifteen years from now he may be asked the question of a little boy, 'Why did you become a police officer, or why do you want to?' Ya know, maybe, it had something to do with the fact that he got to interact with us here after school," says Moorefield.