Smokies reach out to kids for safety and health awareness

KODAK, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Smokies Park was packed full of students, parents and teachers Wednesday morning, for the 21st annual Tennessee Smokies Safe Kids and Health Awareness Day. More than 5,000 people showed up for the event.

K-9 Units and other police officers were on hand, teaching about the importance of living drug free and healthy. Officers say it's also about building relationships.

"We're building a repoire with the kids. No longer are they afraid of a police officer and we get to be friends with them. I guess I should say and I've noticed that a lot officers on the street and patrol, the kids are coming up to them more than they ever were," one officer said.

After the demonstrations, the crowd enjoyed a game between the Tennessee Smokies and Jackson Generals.

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