Christiansburg Police Department partners with sporting goods store to positively impact kids

Published: Sep. 2, 2021 at 4:03 PM EDT
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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - The Christiansburg Police Department is partnering with a sporting goods store to positively impact kids in the community while on patrol.

Dicks Sporting Goods donated bags filled with sports equipment to the department.

The bags will be carried in patrol vehicles to allow officers to positively interact with kids and teens.

Christiansburg’s police chief says building relationships with the youngest members of the community through sports is a way to help in the cultural change they’re seeing in their hometown.

“I think the vision for this program is to target the youth in our community, but that does not mean that an officer sees a group of 20-year-old men or women, or even older, playing, having sports activities, and one of our parts that we cannot engage them through this program,” said Christiansburg Police Chief Mark Sisson.

Officers will have bags filled with things such as footballs, basketballs, soccer balls and flying discs.

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