Multiple divisions of the Fort Worth Police Department celebrated the annual Family Day Community Safety Fair, a day dedicated to spreading awareness on community safety.

Fort Worth Police Department South Division spokesperson Buddy Calzada gave away basketballs and emceed a cornhole competition at the event on Aug. 19.

“We just want to come out here and be a part of the community as well. You can’t go into a community and expect change to happen from an outside point-of-view,” Calzada said. “We have to put ourselves inside. And that’s what all these officers are doing.”

The event is one of many hosted by the six Fort Worth police divisions, Calzada said. In partnership with Walmart and the Fort Worth Crime Prevention Unit and Fort Worth Metro, vendors gathered at Walmart Supercenter, 7451 McCart Ave.

“We drew a big crowd and had everybody just smiling,” he said. “That’s what we want to do as a police department, just come out here and say, ‘You know what? We are officers, but we’re humans, too.’”

Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Cristian is a May 2021 graduate of Texas Christian University. At TCU, ArguetaSoto served as staff photographer at TCU360 and later as its visual editor, overseeing other photojournalists. A Fort Worth...