Arlington Officers Inspire Success on the Field and In Life

Coach 5-0 Volleyball

A new season for high school sports is underway across the city and the Arlington Police Department teams up with the Arlington ISD to help build a winning attitude on and off the field.

Arlington officers are mentoring student athletes through a program called Coach 5-0. Officers attend practices, workouts, and games, serving as mentors to help teens make good decisions. Students are also learning more about the role of law enforcement and importance of building relationships. This program also affords opportunities for at-risk students to access social services when the need arises.

Each officer has a customized approach to building rapport with teens. The program started on the football field and on the basketball court in 2015, and has expanded this year to include boys and girls volleyball.

“We have officers at all ranks in our organization participating in this opportunity to bridge the gap between police and our young people in a variety of sports activities including football, basketball and volleyball. We have seen great results since the inception of the program last year,” said Police Chief Will D. Johnson.

This year,  Arlington ISD Athletics Director Kevin Ozee has  authorized the Coach 5-0 logo to be placed on football helmets.

“We continue to reap the positive benefits of our local police department participating in athletic events with our kids. This has been an amazing experience so far and I look forward to our continued building of strong relationships between coaches, students, and police officers,” said Kevin Ozee.

 

 

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