ERIE, Pa. — Erie law enforcement is hoping to soon have a newfound friendship with inner-city kids through the Police Athletic League.
The league has been approved through the national group and expects to kick off later this month.
Sheriff’s deputies, Erie police and state troopers will be spending time with kids, doing everything from baseball and flag football to tutoring.
Law enforcement officers are hoping to build mutual respect between the community and officers.
“They are scared of law-enforcement,” Erie County Sheriff John Loomis said. “We want to diminish that and create a bond to where they see a police officer they view us as a friend or someone that can help them.”
The program will start in Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary School and expand from there.