LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - A local church and the Lawton Police Department are teaming up for monthly Unification in the City events all to work on the relationship between officers and kids in Lawton. They had a short meeting Tuesday at The Impact Center near Rogers Lane and Sheridan.
The pastor of the church Ray Garcia, who was a police officer, says building a relationship between the police and the community is a goal for him.
"It's something that helped me," said Garcia. "I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and the police department helped me not to get into trouble like so many of our youth are getting into today. So it just brought back in remembrance what helped me out and got me to where I'm at today so if I can help another young person out then that's what I'd rather do."
Each meeting has a subject the officers will talk to the kids about. At the next meeting on April 21, the topic of discussion is bullying and how to prevent it.