On our fourth annual Junior Law Enforcement Day on July 19th, Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo members had the chance to meet and interact with representatives from several law enforcement agencies that serve and protect our communities, borders, and waterways. Junior Law Enforcement Day, hosted at our Babcock Clubhouse, lays the foundation for local law enforcement to personally connect with the youngest members of the neighborhoods they serve. This year, there were representatives from the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, including their ATV Unit, Dive Team, and Mounted Patrol, the New York State Troopers, Customs & Border Protection, Buffalo Police Department, including their K-9 Unit, the Buffalo Fire Department, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S Coast Guard, American Medical Response, and the Police Athletic League.

In addition to meet and greets, presentations, and hands-on activities, the day also included a bicycle safety demonstration. Afterwards, the children were sworn in as Junior Law Enforcement Officers by Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood and NYS Trooper Jeff Beback.

Junior Law Enforcement Day strives to instill learning, awareness and fun, all while increasing awareness of careers in the law enforcement field and enhancing relations in the community. This year's event was a huge success as it connected hundred of our youth with local law enforcement through engaging activities and positive relationship-building.

A HUGE "thank you" to our Junior Law Enforcement Day Sponsors The Phil Hubbell Family, Buffalo Sabres, Butler-Mitchell Alumni Association, Enterprise Rent A Car, and Councilman Rich Fontana, without whom this amazing day would not have been possible.