Lots of police officers from around the area took to Keller streets Saturday morning in a charity bike race for kids.
Officers in full uniform took off from Shannon Brewing Co. at 8 a.m. in the 2015 Police Bike Race Against Child Abuse, organized by the Keller Police Department.
More than three miles later, the competitors arrived back at the brewery after raising awareness for Alliance For Children, a nonprofit that helps abuse victims and the police officers charging the accused offenders.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and local communities and groups have partnered to raise more awareness about the issue.
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Trophy Club Police Department, Premiere Academy and Children’s Advocacy of Denton County hosted a seminar and discussion about recognizing and reporting child abuse, and the steps to keep kids safe.
Keller Mayor Mark Mathews gave a proclamation at last week’s City Council meeting.
More than 168,000 reports of child abuse or neglect in Texas last year, according to statistics Mathews read from the proclamation, and nearly 6,100 cases were confirmed in Tarrant County last year. Eleven child deaths were attributed to abuse or neglect in 2014 in the county.
Shellie McMillon, director of centers and education for Alliance For Children, spoke after Mathews, thanking the city for the partnership.
“What we do would not be possible without community support,” she said.
For more information, visit www.allianceforchildren.org.
Mark David Smith, 817-390-7808