As mild spring temperatures give way to summer scorchers how about having an ice cream with an officer?

“Kids Chill with a Cop” is in its second year.

“We like the opportunity for children to meet the officers and not be afraid of them. That is the whole mission of the whole thing,” said organizer Donna Mikeska, who does marketing for El Campo Memorial Hospital.

“It’s a great outreach for law enforcement. They are looking to expand their outreach, and we are happy to work with them to make that happen,” Mikeska added.

Instead of happening at Alamo Park like the first year, El Campo Bowling Center, 806 West Loop, is providing an air-conditioned location for children of all ages to interact with members of law enforcement, Mikeska said.

The first “Kids Chill with a Cop” this summer happens from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 11. The event is come and go. Parents are welcome as children enjoy a variety of ice cream and popsicles. The event includes door prizes.

“Last year it was hot. We hope to have more come this year since it is now in an air-conditioned facility, which everyone is extremely happy about,” Mikeska said.

“El Campo Bowling Center was more than happy to host it,” she added.

The event, held the second Tuesday of the month from June through August, was a success last year despite the heat, she said.

“A lot of kids came out. Day cares bused all of their kids. We hope they will do that again this year.”

Mikeska expects the El Campo Police Department, Wharton County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department game wardens and emergency medical services personnel to attend.

“The kids like to shake hands with, talk to and take pictures with the officers. That excites them. The officers absolutely love it,” she said.

The hospital organizes “Coffee with a Cop” during the colder months and that is to promote citizen interaction with law enforcement.

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