Grandview police eat pizza with students as part of program - KCTV5

Grandview police eat pizza with students as part of program

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It’s the second time officers from the Grandview Police Department have sat down with students for lunch.

They said they’re building relationships one pizza slice at a time.

“They here for something good, so it’s easy to talk to them,” Verrell Garrett said.

Garrett shot hoops with friends and police during his lunch hour on Friday as part of a program called Pizza with Police.

“Usually, you always look at the police being bad, but they’re not always looking to harass you or pull you over or stuff like that,” he said. “They’re here just to have fun and eat pizza with us and talk about the good stuff, not the bad stuff.”

The goal is for Grandview police officers to connect with high school seniors in a positive environment under positive circumstances.

“The uniform kind of off-puts people sometimes, so when you’re able to sit down and realize, ‘Yes, that is a person behind that badge,’ I love to see that,” said Monica Romero, a school resource officer with the Grandview Police Department.

Officers said the program seems to be working and Garrett agrees.

He thinks it should be opened up to all students.

“So, the younger people can understand, too,” he said. “Because it’s just seniors in here and most of the seniors should know the police aren’t always bad. They’re here to do good too.”

A grant from the Truman Heartland Community Foundation made Pizza with Police possible.

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