KCPD coaches children about gun safety, policing

Posted at 7:14 PM, Mar 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-27 12:18:42-04

The Kansas City Police Department partnered with the I Am King Foundation to host a baseball camp for children in Northeast KC Saturday.

The collaborative effort aimed to teach gun safety and build a positive relationship between the kids and police. 

"It’s very important for kids to have a positive image with officers, so them coming out coaching baseball is awesome,” said Chris Evans, executive director of the I Am King Foundation.

MPO Rick Cartwright with KCPD talked to students about staying away from guns.

“The number one thing we stress for kids is if there’s any event they should ever come across a gun, they should leave it alone, walk away and tell an adult,” MPO Cartwright explained.

“The children coming and learning baseball skills from police is important. These experiences will carry into everyday life. At some point they'll drive cars, they’ll go to parties, they'll have interaction with police officers and hopefully this will place that positive seed so it can grow into a relationship,” Evans added.


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