Members of the Brawley Police Officers Association said their second annual Splash Party was a success. The event took pace last weekend at the Lion’s Center Pool and was cosponsored by the the Brawley Police Sergeants Association.
More than 100 residents, guests and children came out to celebrate. The light rain didn’t deter anyone. All the attendees were focused on having a good time.
Free food and beverages were available, and festive music was played through the speaker system.
One local detective said it was important to the officers to get out in the community. They wanted residents and their kids to see a different side of the department. They are smaller than some of their other Imperial County counterparts, and they feel that building coalitions and relationships is one of the best ways to help keep streets safe.
Approximately 300 hot dogs were enjoyed during the Summer Splash. Those who attended were also able to drink their full of fruit punch and bottled water. Two Brawley Police officers stepped up with their guitars to play an acoustic set. They were followed by a local DJ.
Everyone said they had a very good time. The officers also said they wanted to personally thank the recently opened Save-a-Lot grocery store for donating the food and drink. The owner, Mike Matta, said he was more than happy to help out with the event. Turning down the request never occurred to him, because he recognizes the value in being a good neighbor.
The store also donated approximately 10 pounds of carne asada. That was reportedly on deck to be grilled after the hot dogs were devoured.
One resident said he comes to the pool with his family as often as they can make it. The rain didn’t dampen their day one bit, he said, it actually added to their enjoyment. It even helped cool things off a bit.
The Brawley Police are expected to hold their third annual Summer Splash next year.