The third annual Cops and Kids Picnic will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Getzendaner Park. The family-friendly event is free to attend.
This is a community outreach program sponsored by the Waxahachie Police Department and one of several implemented under the direction of Police Chief Wade Goolsby.
This program and the annual Trunk and Treat on Halloween are two of the programs Goolsby says he enjoys the most.
“I always look forward to visiting with members of the community,” he told the Sun.
Also looking forward to the picnic is department Community Relations Officer O.T. Glidewell, who expressed his excitement about the upcoming event.
“This is a fun day for everyone who comes out,” Glidewell said. “The kids have fun but the cops have a good time too as they interact with them.”
He expects the event will build on the success of the last two years, with the department anticipating a bigger crowd this year.
“The participation has doubled each year and we expect the same again this year,” he said.
The big excitement for the Cops & Kids Picnic has always been its bicycle giveaway as the children wait to see if they will win one of the more 70 bicycles donated by individuals and businesses in the community.
This year will also feature twice as many vendor booths and activities for children, Glidewell said, noting these include bounce houses, a petting zoo, face painting, tours of various military and emergency vehicles, and much more.
Free hot dogs, along with free water and flavored water, will be provided for attendees.
Glidewell invites everyone to attend for a day of free family fun. On the behalf of the entire police department, he said he is “so grateful to all the sponsors who step up each year to make this event possible.”
For more information, visit the Waxahachie Police Department’s page on Facebook. Those interested in being a sponsor or setting up a vendor booth can contact Glidewell at 469-309-4419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.