The Cops and Kids Picnic was held at Elmer Thomas Park on September 10th.  It is a yearly event sponsored by the Lawton Police Department.  The picnic allows kids to interact with local police officers and come to know them as their friend and protector rather than their enemy.

"We hold the event every year, and each year it gets bigger and bigger", Officer Whittington said "We want to show the kids that we, as policeman, are approachable, and they don't have to be afraid to come and talk to the police.  This picnic is about bridging the gap between ourselves and the kids."

Kids, along with their families, enjoyed lots of games, bounce houses, face-painting and many other demonstrations.  Free hamburgers and hot dogs were available as well.

This had to be one of the largest turn outs so far.