Tampa Police Announce New Community Engagement Tool

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Tampa PAL Executive Director Mark Sofia presents an after-school camper with one of the first five vouchers for a free Rays game.  Tampa Rays mascot "Raymond," Chief Eric Ward and Rays President Brian Auld announced the new community initiative during a launch event at PAL.

Tampa Police officers have a new tool to strengthen relationships with residents thanks to the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Major League Baseball organization donated more than 1,000 free game vouchers to support the police department's "Connect.Protect.Respect" initiative.

Chief Ward and Tampa Bay Rays president Brian Auld announced the new community incentive program at the Police Athletic League on August 13. During the announcement, five PAL campers received free game vouchers from Chief Ward and Mr. Auld for their leadership and volunteerism.

Police officers throughout the city will distribute the remaining vouchers to residents observed doing good deeds, teaming up with law enforcement to help keep the city safe, or contributing in any way to help improve the quality of life in the City of Tampa.  Officers can also use the vouchers as a tool to help break the ice with residents in an effort to forge new relationships.

Janelle McGregor