The Tustin Police Department’s “Run with a Cop” offers kids much more than physical fitness. “Run with a Cop” s one of the Tustin Police Department’s newest community outreach programs.

The “Run with a Cop” program takes place at local Tustin elementary schools.

The program, started by Tustin Officer, Matthew Roque, is conducted at local Tustin elementary schools, and inspires students to embrace health and physical fitness while learning how to care for their community.

The idea behind the program is to get kids moving (and their parents too!)

Officer Roque talks during the program to the kids about fitness, the benefits of healthy eating, and the importance of hydrating and getting enough sleep.

He also takes several opportunities to talk about being respectful and taking care of the community by not littering.

Officer Roque instills these lessons as the students run laps for five minutes without stopping and play “follow the leader” through an obstacle course that includes weaving in and out of cones and hopping on one foot over agility ladders.

The program not only teach the kids about fitness, it also helps build trust in the community by having children interact in a positive way with the officers.

This year, the goal of the “Run with the Cop” program is have as many Tustin elementary school children as possible train for and complete the Tustin Hangar 5K on March 12, 2017.

Watch an Interview with Officer Roque!