Hampton Police, NAACP Hold Community BBQ

Hampton Police stepped off the beat today and served the community from the grill.

The NAACP joined with the Hampton Police Department for their 2nd celebration of fathers and role models.

Officers grilled food and hosted games for the community. Some children even got the opportunity to dunk the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

But it wasn’t all fun and games. The NAACP hosted several forums at the barbeque on the importance of father’s and role models for children.

For people seeking advice, the group had a resource center and a job fair.

The event was an opportunity for people to approach police in a fun environment.

“We wanted young people to be able to interact with police officers, the fire department, sheriff’s department, in a fun setting and be able to have conversations with them, instead of seeing them arresting people all the time,” said Gaylene Kanoyton, President of the Hampton Chapter NAACP.

Hampton’s NAACP will host one more event later this summer as part of this program. Each event aims to bring police closer to the community.