Now that the days of heavy rain appear to be behind us and temperatures are climbing, Dallas Police Chief Eddie García was able to fire up the grill and spend time with the community during a visit to the Mark Cuban Heroes Basketball Center last Saturday.
The chief worked alongside youth enrolled in the University of North Texas at Dallas’ Rising Blazers program and the Yes Dallas program at Texas Health Resources through the Oak Cliff center.
Professional chefs were also on hand to teach kids and their families the basics of grilling.
“That’s what it’s all about, all of us getting together, this is the true definition of community policing,” García said during the event. “Getting together with our community organizations and our community to give back, particularly to our youth.”
The 29-year law enforcement veteran is the city’s first Latino police chief. He took over in February after serving in the same position in San Jose, California for five years.
García has emphasized the importance of building trust and establishing relationships with local communities. He recently went undercover as a volunteer dishwasher at Café Momentum, which employs formerly incarcerated youth.