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Crimewatch: Some Austin Police join gaming network

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About 60 Austin Police Officers are a part of a new law enforcement gaming network that has 250 members worldwide.

"With cops, we can all group up, talk about our jobs, different aspects of it, about law enforcement related things," said Senior APD officer Eric Cortez, who started the organization.

Gamers are a growing part of the Austin tech scene and police want a part of it.

"They're out there, they're many. Austin has a name of Silicon Hills for a reason," said Cortez.

"It's the place to be. You've got big developers, you have little developers, they're doing games for iPhones, Android phones," said owner of Game Reublik Chris Tom.

Cortez says he's a gamer too. He wants to reach out to others and show them what being a police officer is about and change perception. The father of a 5-year-old also says he also doesn't believe playing video games makes a person violent.

"First of all, it's a game. Just like with chess, you have pawns knights and you are in a sense killing your opponents' pawns knights whatever to achieve the objective of winning the game. Just like with this, that's what it is," said Cortez. "In no way at all are we promoting violence. The Law Enforcement Gaming Network doesn't believe violent video games causes violent children."

The group recently held a benefit for their fallen brother, Jaime Padron.

On April 6, Officer Padron responded to a suspicious and intoxicated person call at a north Austin Wal-Mart. Padron was gunned down and died minutes later. He is the department's 21st officer ever to sacrifice his life in the line of duty.


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