WATERVILLE — Children and law enforcement professionals statewide will come together from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Thomas College for a day of games, pizza and checking out law enforcement equipment.

Kids ‘N Cops on Campus will kick off National Crime Prevention Month, which begins Oct. 1.

Participants can meet local and state police and game wardens. The day is free and open to children ages 10 and older. The children can interact with Thomas College criminal justice students and women’s basketball players, watch a college varsity game, and tour the campus.

“This event will promote strong community relationships between youth and the law enforcement officers protecting them,” said Thomas College criminal justice professor Steve Dyer, according to a release from the college. “By having a fun day of activities and adding the aspirational influence of exposure to Thomas College early in their lives, these kids can begin to think big and set big goals.

“The kids will benefit from this event not only from physical activity, and friendly interactions with local police, but also from a campus experience, which will help them to envision themselves enrolled in college,” he said, according to the release.

The event is supported by Bangor Savings Bank, Poland Spring, Cappza’s Pizza, Sam’s Club, Thomas College Criminal Justice Club, Waterville Police Department, Waterville Housing, Alfond Youth Center, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

For more information, visit thomas.edu or contact MacKenzie Riley at [email protected] or 859-1313.

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