DEL PASO HEIGHTS (CBS13) – Sacramento police responded to Del Paso Heights in full force Wednesday, only this time it was for a game.
Officers brought their cleats out to Grant High School for a game of softball against the community organization Brother to Brother, a crisis response team that helps people impacted by violent crime.READ MORE: Record-Breaking Temperatures Posted Around Sacramento Region Friday
Aaron Cardoza is president of Brother to Brother and says the game is meant to help officers and people who live in the community understand each other better.
“It takes a lot of trust, right?” Cardoza said. “We want you guys to be engaged with us.”
After serving time himself, Cardoza said he has transformed his views of law enforcement.
“It took me to come and engage with them and to see how they are, as human beings, first,” Cardoza said. “And that’s the same, vice versa, for them to see me as a human being and not just look at my record right?”READ MORE: Sacramento Mayor Joins Group Pushing For Reparations For Black Communities As Country Celebrates Juneteenth As Federal Holiday
Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn is always a familiar face in Del Paso Heights.
He took to the field too.
“So this is just an example, we don’t need to be divisive,” Hahn said.
Crime tape and evidence markers have become common sites in this close-knit Del Paso Heights neighborhood.
Now the long-sought challenge – finding a way to promote public safety and police relations.MORE NEWS: 'The Heat Is Unbearable': Friday Night Out Brings Sacramento Crowds Inside To Beat The Heat
This game of softball could be a game-changer.