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Jun 11, 2013 2:17 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Police Cadets Help Build Homes for Habitat for Humanity

CORPUS CHRISTI - Police cadets got their hands dirty in an effort to help out Habitat for Humanity. This part of there training is a way to get involved in the community.

24 police cadets hammered away at this house as part of their community policing philosophy.

"Police work in general is getting back to the community, helping them out, doing everything we can to succeed in the community," Cadet Labatto said.

The cadets are happy to donate their time to make this house a home for a grandmother and her grandson.

"The whole way that we accomplish building a home is primarily through volunteers who come out and donate their time just like the academy's doing today," Mark Blankenship said.

As supervisor for Habitat for Humanity, he says this is one of four homes their working on and the extra help always comes in handy.

"We can't do it without the help of the volunteers," Mark added.

Nailing down volunteers is just the beginning, Mark says building the home is the challenge.

"We try to build the home in such a way as to minimize maintenance for the homeowner," Mark said.

In order to keep that maintenance low, they use durable cement fiber boards and rebar for the foundation. The home is far from finished and the timeline is tough to gauge.

"It's really impossible to peg it. We'd love to have it done by the end of the year," Mark said.

Cadets say if building homes is what it takes to send a message to the community then they're willing to do it.

"Being out here showing we have support for the community shows them to put more trust in us," Cadet Christain.

"It's important because we need to give back to the community and the community know that were out here," Cadet Gonzalez.

The cadets look forward to becoming graduated officers by the end of this summer.

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