St. Louis police have an ice cream truck, and they're not afraid to use it.
It’s no big secret that cop-civilian tension has reached an all-time high in our nation. Therefore, in a bid to develop a more positive relationships with the communities it has vowed to protect and serve, St. Louis police have come into possession of an ice cream truck, stocked with free cones for civilians.
The ice cream truck is called Operation Polar Cops -- yes, really -- and was donated to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department last month, according to CNN. The cost, which was covered entirely by donations, was $16,000, and the truck came with over 6,000 frozen treats donated by a supermarket and local dairy.
On July 26, Operation Polar Cops officially debuted at a local Boys & Girls Club. In minutes, children were swarming around the truck, delighted to receive their free frozen novelty.
“Law enforcement realizes the need to bridge gaps in our community. It is more important than ever to engage citizens and build trust,” Police Commissioner Sam Dotson said in a press statement to MUNCHIES.
“Operation Polar Cops is a unique tool to reach our youngest citizens. The goal of this project is simple. It’s about introducing our officers as positive role models in a fun environment.”
Added Dr. Flint W. Fowler, President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis: “It’s critical that citizens and law enforcement work together to keep our neighborhoods safe for all. It’s encouraging to know that our police department is seeking out new ways to connect with our youth.”