Salute the Badge: TPD Officer Builds It and They Will Come

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- You may be familiar with the movie quote, if you build it, they will come. A Topeka Police officer took that saying to heart. He’s the officer who fixed a ball field, to give kids a place to play.

It says coach on his shirt, and he sounds like a coach, but by day Robby Sachs is a school resource officer with the Topeka Police Department.

“He has taught us how we get our lead off of the bases and he had also taught us that we step into the throwing,” said one day baseball star, Braylon Wilson.

“There’s a lot of life lessons that can be learned from baseball,” Sachs said.

Sachs teamed up with the Boys and Girls club bring the Topeka Police Athletic League back to the diamonds.

“It’s been several years since we’ve had a baseball and softball team. So, this is the first year and I just felt it was very important to get going on the right foot,” Sachs explained.

Before the season could start, they ran into a problem. They couldn’t play on the ball field. That’s because rains destroyed the field. So he and the PD went to work.

“It’s not very easy, it’s not very feasible to get them from here over to a practice location off site. So, it was just very important for us to have a place here that we could practice on every day,” Sachs said while looking over the field.

With the community’s help, they found equipment and resources to rebuild the infield.

Now, with Sachs and fellow officers as volunteers, it’s play ball!

“I feel like it’s kind of my opportunity now to pass down some of that knowledge and to give the kids an opportunity to show how important it is to them,” he said with pride.

The work isn’t done. They need to remove a lot of rocks from the donated dirt, and they are lacking bases. But once they field is up to snuff, they hope more kids will hit it out of the park.

“I think it’s very good because people are actually getting to do something in their life,” said Wilson.

If you wish to help, you can drop off a donation to the Boys and Girls Club, or stop by the Topeka Police Department.