Police Easter Egg Hunt draws big crowd

Several hundred young people — some carried by parents and others dragging parents — turned out Friday for the Pine Bluff Police Department’s Fourth Annual Easter Egg Hunt.

The annual event was held on the north lawn of the Civic Center complex. It featured Easter eggs, bounce houses, games and food for young and old.

“I think we enjoy this just as much as the kids do,” said Sgt. Hosea Thompson, who is assigned to the police department’s Community Relations Division and was busy Friday morning making sure that everything was ready for the noon start.

Thompson said the department had scattered 4,800 plastic eggs around the civic center complex, some of them containing cash. The youngsters wasted no time snatching them up when given the signal to go.

There were also portable basketball goals that were getting a lot of use as some of the older kids waited for the egg hunt to begin, and other games for the younger set.

“We’re going to raffle off Easter baskets and two bicycles we have later for the kids who came out,” Thompson said while holding a stack of tickets in his hand.

While Thompson, Deputy Chief Susie Powell and several others were getting ready for the hunt to start, Sgt. David Vilches and his helpers were busy grilling hot dogs and smoked sausages.

“It’s all about giving back and showing people, especially the kids, that we’re not always the bad guys who are going to come and arrest their parents or only show up when something bad happens,” Thompson said.

“It’s also about Easter and celebrating the resurrection of Christ,” Thompson said, “and it’s giving the kids something to do besides just sit at home.”