ST. MICHAELS — St. Michaels police were unable to hold their annual St. Michaels Youth & Law Enforcement (SMYLE) block party this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But that didn’t prevent law enforcement officers from hosting a safer outdoor event instead on Tuesday, July 28 — an educational tour of the Miles River.

The event was a partnership between SMYLE and Patriot Cruises. Nearly 50 community members attended, as well as four officers with the St. Michaels Police Department.

The youth outreach is intended to foster and build relationships.

“Community policing is one of the most important functions a police department performs,” said St. Michaels Police Department Chief Anthony Smith. “It should be 90% of what police do. Outreach by police to families builds trust and breaks down barriers of communication within the community.”

Patriot Cruises owner Captain John Marrah operated the boat for the event. Following the tour, a takeout lunch was provided by Corah’s Corner. Attendees received a gift bag from the police department with a customized SMYLE mask, hand sanitizer, and other giveaways.

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