When police officers arrived at a giant, homemade slip-and-slide built on a hilly street in Asheville, North Carolina neighborhood, the kids who were enjoying it thought the party was now over. They couldn’t have been more wrong.
One of the kids’ dads had constructed the water slide for the annual Independence Day block party on Sunday, according to CNN, and the neighborhood kids were having an incredible time.
But one neighborhor wasn’t having a good day. They called police to complain that the kids were making too much noise and that the slide was blocking traffic.
“The officers got there and people were like, ‘Oh my gosh, the cops are here. They’re going to shut us down,’ but they noticed the noise was fine. It was literally the sound of kids playing,” said Asheville police spokeswoman Christina Hallingse, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Police also determined the slide wasn’t blocking any cars. That’s when they decided to give the kids a party they’d never forget. They asked the kids for a turn on the slide.
The Asheville Police Department commented on their Facebook page afterwards that, “When it's hot...and [you’re] responding to a street complaint...and there's a fun way to cool down...you take advantage of a giant slip and slide. Officers Joe Jones and Carrie Lee enjoy a refreshing moment with some kids in Oakley!”
Video of the officers slide down the giant slip-and-slide went viral over Fourth of July, drawing compliments from viewers.
“I like seeing this,” one commenter said. “These guys did exactly what they should have. I think the biggest issue cops have is they don't get to walk the neighborhoods and let the folks get to know them.”
Hallingse added, “So that people can learn to see them as people, not just officers. The more that they can get out and establish these relationships, the better we can police.”
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