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Police & Residents Unite At COP House Grand Opening

Police & Residents Unite At COP House Grand Opening Click to Enlarge Photo: Jake Judd (KNSI)

Aug 21, 2017 at 4:24 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - City officials and residents came together for the grand opening celebration of St. Cloud's COP House, or community outpost.

Four officers are assigned to the St. Cloud Rotary Richard C. Wilson (former Assistant Chief) Community Outpost at 600 6th Ave South and 13th Street South.

"Already we've seen some reduction in the crime numbers, and the enforcement in this part of town is up and so is the outreach, this is just the beginning," Chief Blair Anderson said.

The COP House's main purpose is community outreach with residents on the south side.

"This is a symbol, it symbolizes I believe the community collaboration we have in this community, and we've had for a long time," Mayor Dave Kleis said.

The carnival themed grand opening had bounce houses and even a dunk tank where some lucky residents were able to dunk an officer.

The COP House is just across the street from the Boys and Girls Clud, the non profit's Mike Evans says that makes it a prime location to help out kids and foster community growth.

"I think it's great, the cops around here do a lot to make a great relationship with the community, their here at the club twice a week playing games with the kids and building relationships, I think it's awesome," Evans said.

Gold Cross Ambulance also has a crew stationed at the COP House to make response times shorter.

The police department says as long as there is a marked squad car at the house, they're open and welcome visitors to come on in and check it out.

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