Hooping it up with the District 1 Police

LOHI — Commander Paul Pazen knows how to run a mean machine. The District 1 police came out in force for a madcap hula-hooping spree at Little Man Ice Cream’s 7th annual competition on September 17. They hooped it up with kids from the community on the basketball courts and did a few slam dunks at the corn-hole table in the lead up to the big hoop off.

Seven of our finest in blue included Sergeant Kim Lovato and Officers Vina Maciel, Bob Anderson, Bri Cordova, Rob Gibbs, Stephanie Barrandey, Nate Magee and Kyle Saunier. Pazen’s goal is to “create community engagement that builds trust and breaks down barriers amongst youth and the police force.”

Based on the happy community involvement and surprise over their attendance, it seems to be a “mission accomplished.” In addition to being good sports, they knew how to hula-hoop, winning Officer Stephanie Barrandey an award for “Dressing the Hippest.” The entire DPD 1 team won a medal of honor for “Outstanding Service to Our Community Beyond the Call of Duty.”  As thanks for being part of the spin, they earned an Ice Cream Social for their whole unit. Community Resource Officer Bob Anderson said, “We were thrilled to participate and had a great day connecting with the community.”

We are so lucky, and so proud to be under the watchful eye of the District 1 Police. Thank you for all you do, and for making time for a little hoopla in your action-packed day!

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