APD Annual Reports - 2015 Annual Report - Page 15

approach in building rapport and forging strong bonds with student athletes. Some officers workout alongside teens during their training, while others stand on the sideline during a football game offering words of encouragement. The department expects to expand the program to other athletic events throughout the school district. Coaches play a vital role in the success of the initiative as they routinely talk with officers and identify at-risk students who might need a pat on the back to get them motivated to excel in school and on the field. “Coach 5-0 has really won over the hearts and minds of our youth as we take interest in building relationships.” - Deputy Chief Jeff Petty 15