Law enforcement "game play" builds youth relationships

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - Some local kids and cops in Greenville used video games to build relationships on Thursday.

The non-profit group "Game P.L.A.Y.” teamed up with ECU and GameStop to host a relationship-building event.

Hundreds of children and dozens of law enforcement officers from agencies across Pitt County met to play video games in Greenville.

The event lets kids get to know officers as real people and helps to build trust in the community.

GameStop provided the latest versions of popular games like Madden and Mario Kart while traditional games like Foosball, Checkers, and Connect Four were popular as well.

Sgt. Richie Williams with the Greenville Police Department said, "It's a great time for us to come together and engage our kids in a positive setting. Anytime we can come together with the kids in the community and have a good time then hopefully you know that will instill in the kids that they see us as people and not just as police officers."

The gaming event has become an annual tradition in Greenville.