(North Mankato, MN) – Their job is to protect and serve, but for local police that also means connecting with kids in the community, sometimes through organized programs – other times just doing acts of kindness on their own.
In North Mankato Thursday night (pictured above), Officer Tom Mueller was off duty and in his personal vehicle when he stopped by Music in the Park to hand out stickers to the kids, all of whom were said to be thrilled.
In New Ulm this past week, officers took time to support young entrepreneurs, swinging by a local lemonade stand for a cool drink on a hot day.
In Mapleton, officers are again handing out “safety tickets” to kids who they see wearing a helmet while out biking, skateboarding and rollerblading. The tickets are good for a free ice cream cone at the Maple Mart.
Police in St. Peter and Mankato also have “I Got Caught” programs where kids who are seen wearing helmets while out on their bikes and scooters get a “ticket” for a free ice cream cone from Dairy Queen.
Mankato Commander Dan Schisel says it’s a great way to show kids that they appreciate them being safe and it also provides a positive link between police and children.
In addition, the Mankato Department of Public Safety is again hosting a fishing program for kids in need, called Cops and Bobbers.
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