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Ashlee Cummings, a Wilmington Police recruit, helps child tie her shoe. Photo By: Alexa Block/WWAY

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s more than walking the beat to a group of soon-to-be Wilmington Police officers; it’s about walking with the community.

Wilmington Police recruits were out and about in the community Tuesday. The group of 11 recruits stopped by the Martin Luther King Center to meet some local kids. While they were there games of tag, basketball and jump-rope broke out.

The recruits said they are wrapping up basic officer training. The recruits spent about 6 months in training.

Wayne Flowers, a police recruit, said this was a good way to bring what they learned in the classroom to the streets.

“After spending all that time in training, it’s pretty nice to get out in the community, being able to talk to people and meet some folks that are in the community,” said Flowers.

They are about two weeks from graduating from the program and becoming police officers.

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