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Waterbury police, community youth come together for a holiday gathering

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Waterbury law enforcement and youth are reaching out to the community in a unique way this holiday season.

On Saturday, the Waterbury Police Activities League (PAL) hosted their annual Thanksgiving dinner

Youth from the PAL culinary program served a holiday meal to over 1,000 people at the PAL center on Division Street. They served food alongside police recruits.

“Everybody thinks cops are so bad but they’re not. They’re just trying to do their job and protect us”, 16-year-old Tori Start said. 

Waterbury PAL is a non-profit organization that provides city children with support and activities. Their mission is to reduce crime rates, and provide positive guidance during a child’s crucial youth years.  

“It’s instrumental. You’re able to break barriers”, Sgt. Ryan Bessette of the Waterbury Police Department said. 

Police say this dinner was more than just about serving a meal. Law enforcement officials hope that by bringing the community together in these ways, it will continue to strengthen the police department’s reputation among city residents. 

Over 80 turkeys were cooked at the event. 

The department hopes that these types of events in the community will help to reduce crime among youth.

LaSalle Blanks with have the full story on News 8 after the game. 

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