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Tuesday Night Lights: APD officers coach freshman football teams

Patrick Hayes
October 03, 2018 01:25 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Albuquerque police weren’t just protecting and serving Duke City residents Tuesday, they were also coaching two high school football teams at Wilson stadium.

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APD’s northeast area commander Joe Burke coached the Eldorado Eagles and said, "Our goal with this whole event with officer Lehocky and I was to promote community awareness, to offer support to the student-athletes and student body."

Officer Joe Lehocky is a school resource officer at Sandia High School and coached the Matadors during Tuesday’s game.

He said coaching freshmen teaches them and other students about respect.

Lehocky added, "It's great walking around the school and non-athletes call us coach even though we're in a police uniform so we're trying to teach that respect to the student body for authority."

Both officers remained suited up in their police uniforms during the game to help promote APD’s community involvement.

Burke said, "The transition from middle school to high school is significant so we want to bridge that gap of communication, make sure they know we're not just officers and police officers. We're also coaches and we're part of the community."

Meanwhile, six other active or retired officers refereed the game to show their support.
 

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