Metro Detroit law enforcement agencies compete in DPD Field Day

Event builds comradery, community relationships
Posted at 11:49 PM, Sep 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-10 23:49:06-04

Law enforcement officers from across Metro Detroit gathered on the city's east side to channel their inner Olympians.

DPD Field Day was held at Martin Luther King High School on East Lafayette Street Saturday. There, members of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies competed in a fun-filled day of athletic competition, all free and open to the public.

"It's an opportunity to bond with their fellow officers, and it's an opportunity for the community to come out," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig. "When I talk about the community and the Police Department here in Detroit, that's what makes us different. There's synergy, there's a trust-based relationship, and that's what really makes a difference."

DPD Field Day was an annual tradition in Detroit until it was disbanded ten years ago. But Chief Craig says it's making a comeback, with an even bigger turnout expected next year.