TULSA, Okla. — In the name of humanizing the badge, a Tulsa Police officer doubles as an e-sports coach.
E-sports is a growing extracurricular activity, making its way across Oklahoma. Much like any other sport, there are teams that compete against each other. The differences lie in the games: Fortnite, Smash brothers, and Madden are just a few schools play in tournaments.
As for Will Rogers High School, there's another difference. The students are coached by Sam Rauh, a Tulsa Public Schools teacher, and Colton Martin, a Tulsa Police officer.
Officer Martin is sometimes featured on A&E's Live PD series. He has been with TPD for two years. Martin patrols the city on Thursday through Sunday evenings. On his off-days, he is at the school.
"When you're out patrolling, you gotta be a little more up on your toes because things can take a turn in a second's notice. Here, everybody is relaxed, having a good time."
The e-sports program gives team members the time to interact socially, and it is a safe place to wait for parents to get home. For Martin, it is an opportunity to "humanize the badge."
"Especially when younger kids sometimes see a police officer, they think, 'Oh, I'm going to jail,' or they might think, 'I'm going to get in trouble.' I'm here to show that's just not true."
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