NEW HANOVER CO., NC (WECT) - Some local law enforcement officers are reaching out to area kids hoping to foster positive relationships.
The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is hosting the annual SAFE summer program.
The program allows school resource officers to work hand-in-hand with rising sixth grade students who recently graduated from the elementary D.A.R.E. program.
It's an opportunity for the students to have a fun summer without being exposed to drugs or violence.
Sheriff Ed McMahon says it's a great way to create a bond between the students and law enforcement.
"Teach kids hey, look, we can have a lot of fun," said Sheriff McMahon. "You don't need to get in trouble. The law enforcement deputies put shorts and a t-shirt on, and we can be a lot of fun and be crazy. There are a lot of things you can do and not get in trouble."
The next SAFE summer day will be held July 28.