Rochester Police Department
Last week, my team and I launched #ThankACop to support and recognize our law enforcement officers – both individually and as a department – for all they do to make our communities the places we call home.
Each week, we share a story with Minnesotans about the good work our peace officers are doing to help improve the communities they’ve sworn to protect and serve. Today we are highlighting the Rochester Police Department.
Hope Fuse is a non-profit organization in Rochester, MN that helps connect young children with mentors, and they recently sponsored a day of fishing for children in their community and local Rochester Police Officers! As Hope Fuse’s founder Manasseh Kambaki explained, the program was meant to help break down stereotypes and allow an opportunity for children to interact with local law enforcement officers: “We want to make sure that the kids understand that not all police officers may be what we see in the TV or the news, but there are good people out there. At the end of the day, police officers, myself and people in different career fields are humans. So the goal behind us partnering and collaborating together so that the youth can build that trust within our law enforcement.”
Hope Fuse is planning to host more fun events in the near future to continue building trust between police officers and the children in their communities. Thank you, Hope Fuse and the Rochester Police Department, for choosing to proactively engage in this important work.
P.S. If you have a story to #ThankACop, please do not hesitate to share it with us at [email protected]. We want to hear from you!