Albert Lea Police have started a new outreach program that has been a hit with the community. Check it out. 

It's called "Lunch with a Cop." Their first day was Monday when they went to the elementary school to hang out and answer questions for the kids.

The police department’s main goal is to make sure they’re connecting with the younger generation and for them to know they’re around to help anyone in need. - KIMT. 

“If you see a police officer when you’re at the mall, at school, an athletic event or wherever we want them to feel comfortable with that individual. We want them to say hi and not be scared and remember this positive experience. We’re not scary people and we’re part of the community and we want to have a positive opportunity with the kids.” -JD Carlson of the Albert Lea PD tells KIMT.

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