Officers invite teens for fun

Teens watch officers and their peers

Teens watch officers and their peers challenge each other in a game of dodgeball at last year's Rockford Youth Night. Photo by JIM HERDEGEN, Rocford Volunteer Services Unit

Sign up by Saturday, January 23, and you will also have a t-shirt as a souvineer from a night of fun, food and hanging out with the police.

The sixth annual Rockford Youth Night is Saturday, February 6 from 8 to 11 p.m. at MVP Sports in Rockford. Middle school-aged kids are invited to spend an evening playing basketball, dodgeball, volleyball and enjoy a pizza party and music with law enforcement officers from the area.

Rockford officer Dave Robinson is in charge of this year’s event, which draws hundreds of kids from all over.

“The dodgeball is pretty popular,” he said. Smacking local law enforcement with sports equipment is not the purpose of the community event, but it happens. Rockford began hosting the drug free, alcohol free, tobacco free event as a positive way to interact police with youth.

The event is limited to 500 students, those who pre-register by January 23 will receive a t-shirt. To find out more, pick up a form at the Rockford Police Department or call them at (616) 866-9557. The cost is just $6.

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