Claiborne West Park was filled with cops and lots of kids Friday for the 24th Annual Cops N Kids event. The event is sponsored by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
The weather on Thursday had Sheriff Keith Merritt on pins and needles. Merritt said it rained a half mile west and a half mile east of Claiborne West Park, but not at the venue for Cops N Kids. Sheriff Merritt added it was rewarding to see many of the kids that were very young when he attended his first Cops N Kids and are now teenagers or college aged.
Kids of all ages were able to get up close with first responders and their equipment like police cars, armored SWAT vehicles, boats, and even helicopters. There were plenty of souvenirs for the kids and lots of food.
-Dan Perrine, KOGT-