Martins Ferry Police Set Aside Uniforms and Put on Swimsuits to Build Community

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This Sunday, the Martins Ferry Pool will have one final day of swimming before it closes for the season.

Not just any day of swimming but a unique event called Swim With the Police. On Sunday, the Martins Ferry Police will set aside their uniforms, and put on their swimsuits. It all started when the Lions Club said they wanted to honor the police.

The police said thanks but we have a better idea.

The Lions Club wanted to do something nice for the police.

“We had come up with some ideas of maybe doing a spaghetti dinner for the officers and their family members, something like that,” said Paul Riethmiller, president of the Martins Ferry Lions Club.

The police came up with another idea.

“We would rather do something for the kids in the community rather than having something for ourselves,” said Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland.

So the Lions Club is renting the pool, cooking the food, and hosting the first-ever Swim With The Police.

“It’s a day for the children in our community to spend time swimming with officers, to get to know them as people so that they have a better working relationship,” said Riethmiller.

“It’s amazing how much you can accomplish by just taking the time and sitting down with a kid and whether it be three minutes or five hours I mean you can learn a lot about them and build trust in them and know that we are there to help them,” said Chief McFarland.

“I don’t really get the swimming part,” said Rowan Berisford.

“I think it’s great. Anything that could improve relationships between the police and especially the kids,” said Alice Romick.

“That would be fun,” exclaimed Berisford.

It’s this Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.. Every child in Martins Ferry, along with their families are invited. Food is free for kids, and available for purchase by adults.

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