Cops & Kids Picnic kicks off

Last year's event
Last year's event

Thirty nine years and still going strong, the Lawton Police Department is gearing up for their Annual Cops and Kids Picnic at Elmer Thomas Park.  Last year, cops say they had over 2,000 people come out and they expect a bigger crowd Saturday.

A lot of volunteers at the park were setting up for the big event.  A monster truck was delivered to the park Friday for the kids to check it out and take their picture with it.  It's just one of many attractions planned for the picnic.  They expect it to be packed.

"Well it's just neat to get to know the police officers more on a personal level," said Charles Whittington.  He's a Lawton Police Officer and says he enjoys seeing smiles on the kids' faces.  Whittington says they have stuffed lots of goodie bags with prizes and kids have a chance to win bikes, an X-Box 360 game system and all kinds of other stuff.

Seven year old Riley Nease went last year and won a prize.  "It's really fun because last year I won a bike and I still have it," she said.  The kids will also get to ride in police cars and even have a chance to soak a cop in the famous dunk tank.

"We have a petting zoo coming out, moon bounces, football toss, basket ball toss, K-9 dogs, the police car rides. Every year that line goes all the way out to the road kids love it," said Whittington.  Local business will also be donating hot dogs and hamburgers in addition to more prizes.  And, a dozen marines came out to lend a hand to help prepare for the picnic.

Lawton Police say they hold this event every year and one of the best things about it is it's free.  So, grab the family because you won't want to miss a great opportunity to meet your local law enforcement in charge of protecting you on a daily basis.  The event starts at 11am and continues until 2pm.