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Cape Girardeau police aim to improve community relations

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Cape Girardeau Police officers recently turned out at neighborhoods, coffee shops and on online to help build relationships with the community.

The latest effort is called "Meet Your Officer."

This is a new initiative introduced on the Cape Girardeau Police Department's Facebook page.

They highlight an employee with the police department each month with a photo and basic information. The department hopes this will allow more people in the community to get to better know the officers that serve their city.

"It kind of goes in the officers background and why they choose to wear the badge, why they got into law enforcement, and talks about their current assignments and any accomplishments they've had," Cape Girardeau Police Sgt. Adam Glueck said. "It's kind of a get to know the actual employees that work here and just so the community can see the people that work here too. The people behind the uniform."

This comes after other ways to reach out to the public. Coffee with a Cop and Neighborhood Roll Call outings have proved to be beneficial for community relations Glueck said.

"It's really important that we get to know the community too and they get to know us," Glueck said.

Glueck said it's important for people to know who their officers are that patrol their neighborhoods.

"I think some people in the community don't see the officers here as actual people," Glueck said. "I think they see a faceless institution that's easy to criticize. I don't think they realize the number of good men and women we have working here at the police
department."

For many, people see officers at a negative time. Whether it be when getting in a wreck, a crime committed or getting pulled over for a speeding ticket.

These community relation initiatives allows people to get to know officers with a positive experience.

"The last officer highlight we did, there were a lot of people following that and a lot of positive comments we saw too," Glueck said. "I think so far, so good and we're going to continue to do it."

Not only does this help out people get to know the officers, but it allows officers to build relationships with the community. This is helpful at times when officers need assistance at times when officers are investigating crimes or need information.

"We all have to work together to make Cape Girardeau a safe place for everybody," Glueck said. "The police department can't do it by ourselves and we need the community's help with that too and I think it goes both ways. We get input from them. They get input from us and we can work together to make this place safe."

The next event the Cape Girardeau Police Department has will be Coffee with a Cop on November 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cape Public Library.

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