It’s one thing to say that being a part of the community is a vital part of policing, but it’s a different story to show it. That’s what Powerama is all about.
The event is a way for students across the region to connect with Charleston’s police officers and first responders. They’re connecting with the community as a whole.
This event didn’t end with the police.
All of the CPD mascots, Charleston Fire, The National Guard, Clay County troopers, all took part. Evan Bass’ dad is one of those troopers. “I have two uncles who are first responders, Matt and Mark Petty,” Evan said. “My dad is with the State Police for West Virginia.”
Evan knows what it’s like to be a part of a family of law enforcement officers, first hand, so events like this one reinforce how rewarding his family members’ jobs are.
“It takes a lot,” Evan said.
Lt. Paul Perdue with the Charleston Police Department was there. He said, “The kids get to know us and see us. They get to see that we’re people too, not robots wearing a uniform. It makes a huge difference.”
Every student has their favorite portion of Powerama. “Watching the K9 attack the bad guy,” one girl said.
Thing is, these kids recognize how important it is to have good relationships with our first responders. Another Clay students said, “They’re good for serving, serving our country.”