ROCK HILL, SC (WJZY) - Police officers and kids coming together to raise the roof - and make some noise in the local library! The event was all in the name of fun, helping to build trust and lasting friendships between kids and police.
It was not your typical library atmosphere Friday night.
"This isn't the library, it's almost like something else. It's like an arcade or something."
Rock Hill police officers shooting Nerf guns on the ground and local kids doing the same.
"It was pretty cool, it made me feel like I was an actual police officer."
Lieitenant Tim Ayres said the party held Friday night is as good as it gets.
"...How much more fun can you have?"
The York County Library hosted its annual lock-in. The main attraction - to hours of Nerf gun battles where kids team up with Rock Hill's finest.
"Sometimes you forget that police officers can still have fun and they're not always serious."
"It gives us a chance to build a relationship with the kids. They see us in a different light. We're not that hard, rigid uniform that they see all the time."
Officers said they're working to establish a relationship with the kids they protect and serve - even if they're not exactly protecting them from foam bullets at the library.
"Some of these guys work in patrol."
There's been a lot of talk nationally surrounding police violence. Just weeks ago the Rock Hill community came together to talk about this very issue, and while some may not approve of that Nerf guns portray...everyone at the event said it was all in good fun.
"If we're playing with kids in this manner and these soft darts and that stuff, then what harm is it?"
And the kids said they enjoyed seeing a different side of police officers.
"I'll definitely be coming back next year."