Law enforcement show-off skills, mingle with community

The Detroit News

About 3,500 people turned out Saturday for a skills competition among several Metro Detroit law enforcement agencies who also used the event to foster better relationships with the communities they serve.

Detroit Police Department Motor Unit Officer Juan "Magic" Windham navigates his Harley-Davidson Police Special motorcycle through a course on the Police Motorcycle Challenge Course duringt he first annual Field Day at Wayne State University athletic fields on Saturday.

The first annual Field Day and Community event at Wayne State University’s athletic field included officers and staff from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, the Detroit Police Department, Michigan State Police and the Inkster Police Department.

Motor City Archers Level 4 National Training System USA Archery Olympic Training Coach Nick DeCresce, 50, of Detroit, helps Ava Thomas, left, 10, of Bloomfield Hills, as she prepares to shoot this arrow.

“We had a lot of positive interactions with the community,”said Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon on Saturday. Napoleon’s department sponsored the event.

Napoleon said the event included a skill competition between the agencies that included tug-of-war, track and field and a motorcycle competition. A mounted unit also appeared for the public. Other activities for the public included who also a Bounce house, music, clown performances and face painting.

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, second from left, and Deputy Ciara Holt, center, dance to "The Wobble" at Field Day and Community Event.

“This was so people can see the kinds of things we do in these agencies.”