The Pokémon Go craze has drawn the interest of lots of young players in its short lifespan. Now, the Mission Police Department is getting onboard, hoping that Pokémon Go can help them build relationships with a group that might be harder to reach.
“It’s a way for us to get some of the children – even in the early 20s – and build some relationships with people we don’t otherwise see,” said Mission police officer Roy Castle.
So, Mission police will host a Pokémon Go walking tour Thursday evening. The 1.5 mile route will start and end at Anderson Park near the city pool. It will head over to the trail that runs behind Target and then loop around back to the park where the department will provide ice cream treats to the participants.
Pokémon Go Walking Tour
6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15
[/pullquote]Six or seven Poke Stops and three Gyms (look it up if you don’t; know the lingo) are along the route. It could take a couple of hours for the tour depending on how long battles might last at the Gyms.
“I never played it,” Castle said. “But my kids love it.” Castle has spent some time on the game with his 10 and 12-year-old. He said two officers in the department play and will be on the tour.
Castle said he sees a lot of teenagers at the park playing the game. “It’s not a group we interact with a lot,” he said. The department gets mostly younger children drawn to its community events. “We see younger kids, but don’t hit the teenage crowd.”
Anyone younger than 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the walking tour. The event will start at 6 p.m.
Castle said he had heard of only one department holding such an event. His experience with his own children game him the idea that it would be a way for the department to interact with the community in a different way and a different age group.
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