May 17, 2018 06:59 PM
Minneapolis police in the 4th Precinct opened their doors to the community Thursday as part of a celebration of National Police Week.
The open house ran from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Police said such events help them build a better relationship with the community.
Not only were there food and games, but event-goers also received items like a book and a goodie bag.
More importantly, they got a chance to talk one-on-one with officers.
Giavonte Rouse, 12, did just that. He wants to be a policeman someday.
He got to be a 'junior officer' Thursday, checking out SWAT trucks filled with technology that help authorities monitor a dangerous situation. He also came face-to-face with horses used on patrol.
Rouse said he's looking forward to one day trading in his sticker badge for the real deal.
"The police officers look satisfied with their work," he said.
The department admits the relationship between the 4th Precinct and the community has not been the same since the shooting death Jamar Clark, 24, by police in November 2015.
That led to protests outside the 4th Precinct that lasted 18 days.
However, department public information officer John Elder said events like Thursday's can help heal wounds of the past.
"This allows us the opportunity to connect with people in times where it's not a crisis or a tragedy," he said. "This is a time when it's not enforcement.
"This is a time where people can come out and meet us and talk to us."
If you missed the precinct open house event this week, you can get your own tour.
Simply contact the precinct inspector in your area for a tour.
Updated: May 17, 2018 06:59 PM
Created: May 17, 2018 06:59 PM
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