Approximately 350 UNCG students and 34 UNCG police officers gathered together on Friday, April 28, to enjoy food and fun at the first annual Spring Community Cookout.

Sponsored by the UNCG Police Department, Campus Activities and Programs (CAP), Student Government Association (SGA) and the Residence Hall Association (RHA), the event provided a space for students and police to get to know each other and build community on campus.

“We enjoyed all of the food, fun and festivities, but more importantly we enjoyed the opportunity to interact with our campus community,” said UNCG Police Chief Paul Lester. “We’re looking forward to doing it again next year.”

“I think one of the most important relationships on campus is the student-police relationship,” said Colby Kirkman, SGA secretary of student affairs and one of the organizers of the event. “The cookout was an opportunity for students to interact with the police in a relaxed setting and have some meaningful conversations.”

Check out highlights from the event in the video below.

 

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications
Photography and videography by Alycee Boyd, University Communications