TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KTEN) — Tishomingo police officers were at the Johnston County Library on Tuesday afternoon to help inform kids about the tasks of law enforcement, with their program entitled “Behind the Badge: A Day as a Policeman.” The goal of the event was to try to make law enforcement officers seem more personable.

"We like to reach out to members of the community, just to show, kind of a human element of police.” Stated Officer Adam Goushas. “A lot of times, people don't quite understand what our job is, so we feel it's important to reach out to the community and just let them see a different side of us."

Kids got to experience all sorts of police work, including fingerprinting, and learning how police respond to calls. But the favorite part for a lot of the youngsters?

"Getting to turn the lights on, that was fun." Stated young attendee Rhaegan Baker.

As fun as the day was, it also ended as an educational experience for Johnston county kids like Eli Baker, who was fascinated with a lot of what police officers get to do.

"You get to drive police cars, turn the sirens on, and chase people."

"We don't just show up on people's worst day.” Stated Goushas. “We're always here to talk to, we're very approachable, and any time someone takes an interest, we always wanna reach out."

Youngsters had a chance to get a close-up look at a Tishomingo patrol car.