Cops and Curls Event Builds Community Relationships

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Jan Branham

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Thu, 04/28/2016

Cops and Curls was a party for 50 lucky young ladies held last Saturday evening, April 23 at the Downtown Norfolk Marriott.

Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) is proud to have partnered with the Norfolk Police Department, The Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney, the Norfolk Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Downtown Norfolk Marriott as sponsors of this amazing event.

Girls aged six to twelve from Norfolk communities put on their best dresses and arrived at the Marriott where a police officer escorted them via a red carpet to the event room.  The girls were pampered with manicures, and then the fun really kicked off with a live DJ, dancing, games and a photo booth.  Each girl had an ice breaker game card to fill out to be eligible for prizes – “meet three new people, dance with two officers, etc.” which really helped the girls get into the party spirit and make new friends.  Pizza, soft drinks, popcorn and a sundae bar were enjoyed by all.  Police officers burned up the dance floor and learned a few new moves from the girls.

Cops and Curls is hoped to become an annual event where Norfolk police officers will continue to build positive relationships with local citizens.  Event organizers Contrina Salmond, Security Programs Coordinator at NRHA, Karen Parker Chesson, Public Spokesperson, of the Norfolk Police Department and other police staff were very pleased with the success of the event.  Ms. Salmond said “This was a really positive experience for the young ladies, they had fun with police officers and came away with a better perspective about our law enforcement officers –they are helpers and not ‘bad guys’.”

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Founded in 1940, NRHA is a national leader in community revitalization and fostering sustainable mixed-income communities.  As the largest redevelopment and housing authority in Virginia, NRHA is an important driver of the local economy.

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