10/01/2013 05:53 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Tulsa Police Department Dedicates Day To Fixing Local Kids' Bikes (PHOTO)

Even on their day off, the police officers of Tulsa's Gilcrease Division found a way to do good.

According to Tulsa World, the city's police department held a free bike repair clinic for local kids last Saturday in an effort to spread goodwill and provide a helpful service to families in the community.

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"This is new for me," 16-year-old Immanuel Ortega, who brought his bike to the clinic, told Tulsa World. "I've never seen policemen doing something like this unless it's something crime-related. In my neighborhood, all the kids ride bikes so I know there's some that need repairs."

The officers held the event as a "way to build ties within the community, connecting with both the youth and their families," according to a press release from the Gilcrease Division. The packed event offered barbecue from a sponsoring restaurant and donated parts from a local bike shop.

"It will give them an opportunity to come out and meet some officers," Officer Kelly Riley told the paper, "and see some of us in a different light."

These officers aren't the first to use bikes to reach out to their local youth. In May, an Arizona police sergeant gifted an underprivileged teen with a set of wheels so that he could safely make it to and from his fast food job.

And last month, a Minnesota cop turned his police department's image around by sticking a 360 on a kid's bike.

H/T: msnNOW



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