Cops & Kids gets big boost from ExxonMobil

Cops & Kids gets big boost from ExxonMobil

Refining giant ExxonMobil, the chief sponsor of the Beaumont Police Department’s Cops & Kids program, made a generous and substantial donation to Cops & Kids, which focuses on uniting the youth of Beaumont with law enforcers.

On Feb. 9, ExxonMobil Refinery Manager Fernando Salazar and other refinery representatives joined Chief Jimmy Singletary, Mayor Becky Ames, numerous officers and other friends of the community in the main lobby at BPD to present Cops & Kids representatives with a check for $5,000.

Salazar addressed those attending the presentation, stressing ExxonMobil’s commitment to making a better Beaumont.

“(Cops & Kids) is making our community a better place to live,” Salazar said. “We are proud to collaborate with them…and to sponsor the Cops & Kids program.”

With him, Salazar brought ExxonMobil Public and Government Affairs Manager Lee Dula and the refinery’s Veterans Advocacy and Support (VAS) team. According to Salazar, volunteers like those from VAS provide not only money to support programs like Cops & Kids, but also donate something equally important – manpower.

“We are very involved in the community,” Salazar said of ExxonMobil, which has several groups that volunteer for a variety of charitable events. “We feel that giving back to the community in which we operate is key. We want to invest in the community, and Cops & Kids is a great program.”

Charlton Pollard Community Ambassador Ronald Goodman, whose neighborhood association promotes positive change and works with the police to build a sense of unity among residents and officers, said he appreciates the donation from ExxonMobil because it will be used for city events that bring the community together.

“We’re part of a bigger community than just our neighborhoods,” Goodman said. “We’re better together.”

Mayor Becky Ames thanked ExxonMobil for the donation on behalf of the city. She said she appreciates the Cops & Kids program and especially loves the annual carnival.

“Everything they do is great,” Ames said, “But the Cops & Kids Carnival is my favorite.”

According to Ames, she feels the carnival is an effective tool in introducing children to law enforcers under ideal circumstances.

“Your support of our community is greatly appreciated,” Chief Singletary told the ExxonMobil representatives. “Thank you very much.”

BPD’s Sgt. Rob Flores joined the Chief in thanking the program’s benefactors, pointing out they are providing local youth with the opportunity to see police officers in a positive light by supporting Cops & Kids.

“Every child deserves to know a police officer is…a protector,” Flores said. 

With ExxonMobils' big boost and with help from other sponsors, BPD hopes to have its largest Cops & Kids Carnival ever. This year, the popular event is scheduled for April 18 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Event Centre, 700 Crockett Street, in Beaumont.