What began as a fun idea of undercover volunteering resulted in a surprising reveal the kids at the Engelstad Clubhouse never expected.
Approached by Club director, Mike Mota, officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) South Central Command were invited to volunteer at the Clubhouse throughout the summer. There was one catch, they had to wear regular street clothes giving no one a clue they were cops. The area where the Club resides tends to be a riddled with crime and the police do not always have the best relations with the residents.
Each week several officers committed to volunteering at the Clubhouse by counseling, coaching, reading, crafting and simply mentoring the kids. This was a chance to meet each other without the presence of the badge.
On the last day of summer-break came the big reveal. The volunteer officers arrived at the Engelstad Club in full uniform and in their official police vehicles. The kids were not only surprised, but also pleased to learn who their new friends really were. Many even disclosing their negative perceptions of the police had changed greatly because of these men and women.
The LVMPD South Central Command officers are still committed to the kids and continue volunteer on a regular basis.
To see the big reveal and learn more about this incredible partnership go to https://youtu.be/XNbvLK0FNUc