Members of the Chicago Police Department showed up in a big way for little girls across the city with absentee fathers.

In what will hopefully become an annual event, executive from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement and officers from Chicago Departments 5,7,9 escorted young girls to the inaugural Daddy-Daughter Dance.

The banquet took place Friday (May 22) at the South Shore Cultural Center with the intention of celebrating all father and their daughters. However, instead of neglecting the many girls with absentee dads, commanders, sergeants and other officers stepped in.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing because some people don't really associate with their fathers," said 13-year-old Brejay Payne. "So once you come out, dressed up, and dance, eat, and play with your father, it's kind of a nice day.

While the young ladies dressed in their Sunday's best and enjoyed music, dancing and refreshments, officers had an opportunity to reconnect with the community.

"They actually get to see us to find out that that the police are nothing but people. We just happen to have uniforms on," said Cmdr. Larry Watson.

With all the police violence happening across the country, this event is right on time.


Photo Credit: NBC5 Chicago