June 07, 2017 01:15 PM
The Minneapolis police chief and dozens of officers hit the city on bikes Wednesday in an effort to reach out to the community.
It's part of Chief Janee Harteau's "Cops Out of Cars" initiative. The annual event kicked off Wednesday morning at Roosevelt High School.
Police made stops at parks including Stewart Park and Powder Horn Park. The department also went to different non-profit organizations like the Boys and Girls Club and YouthLink Minneapolis.
Officers handed out 90 helmets along the way to help promote safe riding.
The goal of the initiative is to stop and talk with as many people as possible, especially kids. Chief Harteau and MPD said connecting with the youth of the city goes a long way in reducing crime and building positive relationships.
"To allow them an opportunity to just go out on a bike to remove that squad car and remove that barrier and have some dialogue with some of our young kids, we hope to grab whoever we can along the way, and this is what happens every year," Harteau said. "They just come ride with us."
Updated: June 07, 2017 01:15 PM
Created: June 07, 2017 12:52 PM
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