All eyes watching Creek Unified sink the shot.
Photos by Freda Miklin
All eyes watching Creek Unified sink the shot.Photos by Freda Miklin
The Greenwood Village website says that its police department is committed and passionate about serving its community. It describes community-based policing as a means to prevent crime, fear of crime, and social disorder. No one would disagree.
Greenwood’s police department offers programs designed to interact with the community when all is well and they aren’t responding to a call. Those include the citizens police academy, youth police academy, ride-along program, facility tours, and presentations to homeowner associations and business groups.
Last week, Cherry Creek High School observed, “Spread the Word to End the Word Week,” to focus on the importance of showing respect for people with mental disabilities. Greenwood Village police showed up to demonstrate community policing in real time. On March15, GVPD officers Rodney Valenzuela, George Voight, Suzanne Beckstrom, Mike Lobach and Tyler Heaton played a heartwarming basketball game against Cherry Creek High School’s Unified team. The team is made up of Creek students with disabilities, including Down syndrome and autism, who are paired with ordinary students who volunteer to support them in having the opportunity to play on a school sports’ team. The officers, also volunteers, ran up and down the court in full uniform, including the 30-pound waist belts that hold all their equipment. A number of the students were accompanied by aides wearing tee shirts that said, “See the Able, not the Label,” and “Pledge to Show Respect.” “The players smiled with glee as they bested the police.
Ready for a jump ball.
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