The fifth annual Harris County Constable Precinct One Back to School Bash and Building Bridges Basketball Tournament will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Eisenhower High School, 7922 Antoine Drive.
The main goal of the event is to help parents and guardians ease the stress of their kids going back to school, while also having Precinct One deputies mingle with and meet the local community.
Free school supplies and backpacks are handed out, while supplies last. Another highlight of the event is the 3-on-3 Building Bridges Basketball Tournament.
“The young boys that attend the event are enamored to see deputies on the same court battling it out. They banter with each other about who is better at the game. It is a way to have camaraderie,” said Angelique Myers, media relations coordinator of Constable Precinct One.
In addition, there will also be vision screenings and blood pressure checks, as well as free haircuts provided by Franklin Beauty School.
Local colleges and the military will also have booths set up at the event to talk to the teenagers about their futures.
“Assisting with all of these resources at one event is what we aim to do,” Myers said.
“It is a main staple of the community policing model that Constable Rosen set in terms of leadership,” Myers continued. “We want to get to know everyone from members of the local church to people at the grocery store, at the park, the people who live here. This is how we are able to successfully serve the community.”
Myers says it is important for the community to have a positive interaction with the deputies, because she notes that most people do not have what they would consider to be good interactions, such as being pulled over for a traffic stop.
“Anything we can do to create a positive environment, that is what this is all about,” Myers said. “All cops are not bad. They actually care, they are not just going to engage with you when you are doing something wrong. We take the opportunity to let them know we are human, we have feelings and family.”
The Precinct will also have their large Hummer vehicles and five-ton rescue vehicles out on display and for the kids to climb up in. Meyers thinks that this will also be a good opportunity to recruit the kids.
“It’s never too early to start. We want to let them know that it is an option for them to become a deputy and advise them on what steps to take,” Myers said.
Students need to register in advance for both the school supplies and the tournament. Registration is free. Parents can call to register at 713-755-3372. On-site registrations for the basketball tournament will be excepted the day off starting at 8 a.m. Three people is needed to form a team, with two alternate players.
“We have about 250 kids signed up to received school supplies, and about 100 kids signed up for the basketball tournament and those numbers have been growing from previous years,” Meyers said.
There are three different age categories for the basketball tournaments: 6-10, 11-14 and 15-17.
According to https://pct1constable.net, The jurisdictional boundaries for Precinct One are almost totally within the city limits of Houston with some areas extending into the unincorporated areas of Harris County. Neighborhoods and cities within Precinct One include Bellaire, River Oaks, West University place and the Heights.
“Our precinct is not the largest in Harris County, but one of the most diverse precincts. It is very important that we make sure we serve all parties,” Meyers said.
“This is going to be a fun event,” Constable Alan Rosen said. “We can’t do what we do in law enforcement without the assistance and support of the community so this is our way of getting everyone together to fellowship and have a good time. I look forward to meeting all the families and friends.”