On Wednesday September 27, Senior Constables Brenda Lee and Beau McNamara held a community event at Reisenweber Park Jacobs Well, inviting children, youth and community to engage in a range of fun activities.
Over the past 10 years while stationed at Jacobs Well, I have been involved in many youth and community events but I reckon that this event was the best one yet.
These events encourage a positive interaction between police and families and helps emphasises that by working together we can create a positive and safer community. These events also help build rapport with the kids which helps them see us as being approachable. We want to build relationships with the kids so they are not afraid to speak up if they ever need help and aware that police are there for them in the good times but also in the bad times.
The activities at Reisenweber Park included laser tag, dunking machine where Senior Constable Beau and Rocky Point Fire Service Fighter Brad Spiers in their uniforms started the water activities with much bantering and taunting that afterwards there was no way any youth there did not want to throw the ball and dunk them.
Laser tag was continually flowing with endless line of kids aged three upwards. Parents, police and kids chased each other around to win the 20 minute game rounds. Thanks to Volunteer Firefighter Cutter who took control for us.
We had skateboard coaching from Jay Hetherington where learners from three years up were giving it a go.
The velcro wall annihilated adults and kids who just dressed up and threw themselves to stick as high as they could, however at times many were required to be helped pulled off.
Mounted Police attended and amazed all the community who were taking photos in awe of our beautiful police horses.
Senior Constable Adam Samuels from the Coomera Road Policing Unit attended and we noticed that every kid, big and small, liked the motorbike.
There were a couple of tug of war challenges with the first one seeing police and Rural Fire Service against every kid there, whereas some adults were encouraged to jump in and help our team just to uphold fairness.
Senior Constable Beau McNamara is also a Volunteer Firefighter with Rocky Point and ended the event with sprays from high pressure fires hoses making it rain down on the kids in the tennis court.
Due to the success and feedback of this event, Jacobs Well Police are planning to run this annually on the last Wednesday of school holidays between Term 3 and Term 4. There is also discussion about a mid-year evening event as well.
Beau and I would like to thank the Jacobs Well and Districts Progress Association, Noel Haase and his volunteer firefighters, Beenleigh PCYC and our police agencies for their continued and valued support.