Police Commissioner Kevin Davis slips at the ice rink at a community event. He quickly laughed it off. "It's good to interact with the kids," Davis added.
Police Commissioner Kevin Davis slips at the ice rink at a community event. He quickly laughed it off. "It's good to interact with the kids," Davis added. (Colin Campbell)

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and about a dozen police officers strapped on skates and hit the ice with kids at the Inner Harbor Monday night.

The community event, part of the "Mondays with the Mayor" series, was a chance to interact with residents and encourage them to use the 6,000-square-foot Pandora Ice Rink near the Harborplace Pavilion, Rawlings-Blake said. The rink, operated by the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, closes Jan. 18.

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Police officers posed for pictures and spun a handful of eager children around on the ice. The mayor smiled under her coat hood, pulled over her head to keep warm. Davis watched from the side in a leather jacket, taking a selfie with a few officers before venturing out onto the ice.

He promptly slipped and fell, but laughed it off.

"It's good to interact with the kids," Davis added. "One of them is celebrating her eighth birthday, so we got her a picture with the mayor."

Davis said the child's grandmother had brought her down to the Inner Harbor from West Baltimore, where they had gotten tickets from the district police station.

Their decision to spend the night skating with the police was "significant" and an indication of "where we want to go," Davis said.

"If I have to fall on my rear end every day" for that type of interaction, he said, "it'll be worth it."

With air temperatures below freezing after weeks of mild weather, it was a good night to be on the ice, Rawlings-Blake said.

Following a tumultuous year in which the city saw a riot and its highest-ever per-capita homicide count, she said, 2016 carries much promise for the city.

"I'm optimistic about this new year in so many ways," Rawlings-Blake said. "We're moving in the right direction."

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