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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