By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor In Chief
Developing community partnerships is an important aspect of policing in Huron Township.
It’s not always about chasing the bad guys — sometimes just having a positive roll model as a presence in the community naturally helps to build relationships.
Officer Phil Czernik has gone above and beyond recently to make sure that children in Huron have a positive outlet during the summer.
Currently assigned as a community policing officer in the Country Meadows Mobile Home Community, Czernik has provided children in the township with free basketballs thanks to Livonia Dave and Busters Head Manager Dave Rogan.
Czernik contacted Rogan and asked for help to provide area children with an activity that can keep them busy throughout the long summer.
Rogan responded with a case of basketballs to hand out to children in all areas of Huron Township.
Czernik has been on a mission since then to get the basketballs in the hands of as many local kids as possible.
“Officer Czernik is the true definition of a community policing officer. The impact he has made in the Country Meadows neighborhood is impressive. This was 100 percent his idea and something he feels very good about. I am proud of his efforts,” said Police Chief Everette Robbins.
“While it may seem that it is just a basketball, it is so much more,” he said.
Robbins noted that with all of the negativity surrounding the law enforcement community recently, the department feels very thankful and fortunate to have the continued support of area residents, and that actions like Czernik’s are small ways that they can give back and say thank you to the community.
“That basketball may motivate that young man or woman to go to the basketball courts instead of boredom that leads them to getting in trouble. I drove through a couple neighborhoods recently and saw kids riding their bicycles that were given to them courtesy of the Huron Township Rotary club and Police Department this winter. I believe it is making a difference,” he said.