Chicago Police Department Holds First 'Father-Daughter' Dance

CHICAGO - JULY 19:  A black band is stretched across a District 1 Chicago Police officer's badge to mourn the death of a fellow officer on July 19, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. District 1 officer Michael Bailey was killed in front of his home after getting off duty Sunday morning in what appeared to be an attempted carjacking. Bailey was the third Chicago police officer shot and killed since mid-May.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Chicago Police Department Holds First 'Father-Daughter' Dance

The Chicago Police Department held its first "father-daughter" dance in an effort to build on community relationships with local residents.

Published May 26, 2015

In an effort to build positive community relationships between police and local residents, the Chicago Police Department threw its first father-daughter dance on Friday, NBC Chicago reports. The event was open to any dad, not just officers, who wanted to bring their daughters to the formal occasion. 

Girls whose fathers were not present in their lives were escorted to the festive occasion by officers who filled the shoes of their absent fathers. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing because some people don't really associate with their fathers," said 13-year-old Brejay Payne to NBC 5.

"So once you come out, dressed up, and dance, eat, and play with your father, it's kind of a nice day."

The free event also gave officers an opportunity to be seen as regular people outside of their uniforms, Commander Larry Watson told the news station. The dance was organized by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and police districts 5, 7 and 9. 

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Written by Natelege Whaley


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