Just as the face of communities continues to change and become more diverse, so do the strategies that police officers employ to reach out to our community residents.
The CHPD has a continuing relationship with the Adult Education Center, dating back to 2012. We have had a very steady attendance at classes throughout the years. Officers lead classes about the police department and policing in Minnesota. In 2015, Officers met with over 100 students over the course of five classes.
On June 27, 2016, the department started at Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee, known as the MAC. This committee is made up of dedicated volunteers who took time out of their lives in an effort to make our community the very best it can be. This committee will meet monthly discuss what's happening in our community and to share ideas that will have positive outcomes, affecting our residents and those who live, learn, worship, work, or visit Columbia Heights. The MAC will have direct contributions to our Community Policing efforts and other outreach opportunities in our community. The MAC will also use synergy, acceptance, and communication to further the positive relationship our Police Department has with our community. The best way to learn about one another is to listen to each other.
Possibly our biggest and most exciting outreach comes in the form of a new public space. The Department has been spearheading the Circle Terrace Park Building, which will be located in the Circle Terrace Neighborhood. The police department reached out to the neighborhood, going door-to-door, completing a survey to gauge interest from the neighborhood related to community and social services that could be provided, and how. It was determined that a community service and recreation building would be constructed on the lots adjacent to the playground. This playground would also be renovated, to further promote community use of the park.
At present time the department has secured funding and is awaiting its deposit. Once the building has been constructed, it will immediately be filled with opportunities for citizens such as parenting classes, adult and youth educational classes, first aid and safety training, health and social services, parks and recreation events, picnics and other outdoor activities, and various other programs all aimed at ensuring that everyone in Columbia Heights has the opportunity to succeed.
For more information on connecting with the CHPD, or to have a Police Officer speak with your group, contact the Police Department at 763-706-8100