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      Charleston Police kick off Friday Night Lights summer program

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Charleston police and firefighters kicked off the Friday Night Lights summer program Friday night.

      Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen said the program{}is another piece of an initiative they{}started{}five years ago to connect officers with kids in the community.

      "What we're trying to do is build relationships, build trust and provide an opportunity for these kids to come out and see police officers and firefighters in a completely different role and understand that we're their friends and we want to be here to help them," said Chief Mullen.

      The event this Friday was at Harmon Park on Fishburne Street.{} There were jump castles for the kids, football and soccer activities, a movie and food.{} They also had a swimming event inside at the Herbert Hasell Pool.

      "We're more than going out and arresting people. We're trying to go out and create opportunities to build character and to show kids that there's all kinds of things that they can do and we want to help them achieve those things," said Mullen.

      The Charleston Police Department, Charleston Fire Department and Department of Recreation are teaming up for the summer program.

      "By going around to different places in the City, it gives us an opportunity to really reach additional people that we may not be able to encounter on a daily basis," said Mullen.

      The program will run every Friday through August 2, except for the Friday after July 4.

      Here is a list of the upcoming Friday Night Lights events:

      • June 28 - W.L. Stephens Aquatics Center and Forest Park at 780 West Oak Forest Drive
      • **Postponed for rain** July 12 - Westchester Park at 1443 Secessionville Road
      • July 19 - Martin Luther King Pool and Martin Park at 155 Jackson Street
      • July 26 - Herbert Hasell Pool and Harmon Park
      • August 2{}- Martin Luther King Pool and Martin Park
      • August 9 - Westchester Park at 1443 Secessionville Road

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