Bronx kids join NYPD officers for some fun at the annual Harmony Picnic

Thousands of kids joined NYPD officers for some fun, food and excitement at the annual Harmony Picnic.

Organizers of the event say the picnic gives police a chance to get to know the kids they protect. Since 1987, police officers have been taking part in the picnic, which is at a different location each year, to get to know the community.

Although it is a happy event, this year's picnic comes at a time when some Bronx residents are concerned about a recent trend in crime statistics. The stats show there is an increase in felony assaults in the South Bronx. Residents are worried that there's not enough of a police presence in the area.

Officers say the picnic is a way to hear the concerns of the community and show that police are trying to prevent crime.

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