West Philly cops launch 'Cops, Kids & Cameras' program to unite community

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022
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Two Philadelphia Police officers put their shutterbug hobby to work, teaching a photography class for kids in the West Philadelphia neighborhood where they live and walk their beat

PHILADELPHIA -- West Philadelphia has historically been plagued with crime and shootings.

In an effort to support neighborhood residents and forge a positive relationship between the police and their constituents, some beat cops have been designated as Community Relations Officers.

Two of those Officers, born and raised in West Philadelphia, have a creative approach to the role, reaching out to the community in unique and unexpected ways.

Officers Baukman and Harris combine their fun-loving approach to community outreach with the skills and talents of members of the community to bring a wide variety of classes, resources and experiences to West Philly kids.

One such class is the Cops, Kids and Cameras class, which started with a hobby the two officers and close friends share and grew to a weekly class that gives kids confidence and social skills as well as photography knowledge and a new creative outlet.