ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Albemarle County police took a break from the beat to play 18 holes at the department's fourth annual putt-putt tournament.

Officers are trying to reach out to the community and show children that they can be friends.

On Wednesday, June 12, that meant playing some mini golf.

Hundreds of people showed up to Wednesday’s event, which featured fun activities and snacks like snow cones, bouncy houses, and motorcycles.

Chief Ron Lantz says this is an opportunity for children to see police in a different light.

“I always say this every year, but we're humanizing the badge,” Lantz said. “Letting the kids know that we are the ones they want to come to when they need the assistance so they build a relationship here if something happens out there."

Police officers cheered children on while they golfed, and they also handed out police badge stickers and let the kids sit on their motorcycles.

Chief Lantz says he's looking forward to National Night Out in August where he can meet more members of the community.