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k.n.a.f.f. Picnic

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Since the early 2000's, Victim Assistance has partnered with the Akron Police Department's KNAFF (Kids Need A Firm Foundation) Program, which is a part of the COPS (Community Oriented Policing System) program. This project was created in memory of Akron Police Officer George Knaff who was killed in the line of duty on November 5, 1994. Officer Knaff held a special place in his heart for the kids he interacted with on his beat. He only wished he could have reached more.

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Next year's K.N.A.F.F picnic will be held in July  at the FOP Lodge in Akron. This project provides 200 children the opportunity to positively interact with Akron Police Officers and enjoy a day to "just be a kid,” free from violence.

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Victim Assistance Program and the Akron Police Department work together to plan the K.N.A.F.F. picnic, however we also partner with other organizations to ensure the day is successful. The Akron Fire Department brings their "fire house" to allow kids to practice safely escaping a home fire. Guardians Advocating Child Safety and Protection shows parents and kids how to make safe ID kits, including fingerprints and DNA.  The fun also includes free food, music, K-9 demonstrations, archery, fishing, and face painting. There are also free giveaways throughout the day!

The goal of the picnic is to provide children with an opportunity to engage in new activities while fostering a positive relationship with local law enforcement.

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Children who witness violence, especially chronic violence, may view police as 'the bad guys' especially when a caregiver is arrested. In addition, at-risk children may not have the opportunity to participate in fun youth activities as their caregivers may be dealing with their own crisis and are unable to devote time to the kids.

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                            This event is made possible by the Millennium Fund of Akron Community Foundation

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