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Tallahassee Police Use Sweet Treats To Build Better Community Relations

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Tom Flanigan
Children began lining up for their free sno-ball cones moments after the trailer bearing them pulled into the Sunrise Place Apartments parking lot.

In the city's high-crime areas, TPD is trying to connect with youngsters and their families one sno-ball cone at a time.

Too often, when police officers show up in a neighborhood, young people run away. But kids were happily running towards the police officers who visited a Southside Tallahassee housing complex this week.
Large numbers of kids and their parents at the Sunrise Place Apartments on Texas Street gathered around the city cops who were handing out free Sno-ball cones Wednesday afternoon. Among the officers was Police Chief Lawrence Revell.

"You see the kids come out and show up in force and they're all smiling and getting badges and Sno-balls. It's an excellent partnership."

A partnership, Revell continued, was one he hoped would bear fruit, especially as the kids get older and the illicit temptations of the street beckon.

"And showing that we're not always here to arrest people and that we are here to help and to serve and partner with the community. So this is again, just a great example of doing just that."

Revell said the "Sno-balls and cops" events will continue, especially in places where the positive connection between cops and community needs bolstering.