St. Cloud Police Department
The St. Cloud COP (Community OutPost) House regularly hosts events that invite community members to meet and build relationships with St. Cloud’s police & law enforcement officers. But this summer officers are really going above and beyond their oath to protect and serve by sponsoring two fun programs for local St. Cloud kids.
“Cops FORE! Kids” is a brand new program that just kicked off on Monday, June 7. St. Cloud Police Department’s Commander of the Community Engagement Division Martin Sayer is running the free, weekly pilot program: “Go out and take some of these kids that probably don’t get a lot of chances to go out and golf or to learn about golf. And to have our officers get to know some of the kids in our school a little bit more.” Two officers will play with three players in the morning and the afternoon, and officers are working with the St. Cloud school district to choose players. The police department is also providing golf clubs and transportation.
Officers at the COP House also started a gardening club for neighboring kids at the end of May, and families will be invited to come and help with the garden for the remainder of the summer. Neighbors and friends donated cilantro, Swiss chard, kale, and spinach seeds for the garden as well as tomato, bell pepper, jalapeño, basil, cabbage, and cucumber starter plants. Local kids are encouraged to take the produce home.
I am grateful that this department and its officers are willing to spend time and resources building relationships with the next generation. Thank you for all that you do to help St. Cloud’s community thrive!
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