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Students battle Vancouver police in inner-city tug-of-war 0

By David P. Ball, 24 hours Vancouver

Vancouver Police Chief Const. Jim Chu, (centre) and other VPD officers take part in the 11th Annual Inner City Kids Week tug-of-war tournament in Vancouver, B.C. on Monday May 12, 2014. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)

Vancouver Police Chief Const. Jim Chu, (centre) and other VPD officers take part in the 11th Annual Inner City Kids Week tug-of-war tournament in Vancouver, B.C. on Monday May 12, 2014. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)

Vancouver Police Department officers and top brass rolled up their sleeves Monday for a tug-of-war contest with dozens of Vancouver high school students.

The event, held on the lawns of the Vancouver Art Gallery, is an annual fundraiser to support programs for inner-city youth as part of Inner City Kids Week, organized by Contributing to Lives of Inner City Kids, a nonprofit offering breakfast, literacy, music and theatre programs.

“Our school liaison officers work on the front lines, and they care a lot about kids and making sure they're pointed towards the right path in life, not the wrong path,” said VPD chief Jim Chu.

After a stinging defeat last year, the VPD rallied their ranks to start this year's competition off with a win.

“Being a cop has been a dream of mine for a while,” Streetfront student Nick Dion, 15, told 24 hours. “It's nice to see the cops involved, not just the community but with children as well.”

 

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