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Kids OPD graduation held day after Dallas tragedy

Posted at 5:10 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 20:15:13-04

Communities outraged over national officer involved shootings, and now cities of unrest because of an apparent police ambush in Dallas.

While it goes on, officers in Omaha say they'll continue to abide by their oath to serve the community.

"It's one of those heinous crimes that's almost unbelievable when you wake up and see that there's more tragedy going on, and our officers I can tell you that they are ready to go out and obviously protect the people and they show up every day and like today it's no different they come with their uniforms ready," said Captain Kathy Gonzalez with the Omaha Police Dept.

With so much tragedy, there’s a sign of hope in the metro Friday.  At the Kroc Center, 55 children graduate from the Kids Omaha Police Academy.

For four days they learned about bullying, and gangs, and what police officers do on a daily basis.  Kids like 10-year-old Ayana Huerta learned a lot about how law enforcement protect them each day.

"We did fun activities like what questions to ask when there is an accident, or when someone gets hurt what to do,” Ayana explained.

Ayana's parents say they want their children to learn at an early age that law enforcement are not bad people.

"I think it's extremely important, the kids need to know that the police officers are here to protect them and to help them in any way that they can," Annette Huerta, Ayana’s mother, explained.

An OPD representative told KMTV that community/police relations in the metro continue to improve since the death of Officer Kerrie Orozco last spring, and doesn't believe Omaha has the same turmoil.