Duluth ,MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Kids got a chance to get up close and personal with those who protect and serve the city of Duluth.
Dozens of families and community members showed up to the first annual Cops kids and cars event at Portland square Tuesday.
The event is a chance for police to reach out to the public and establish positive connections with kids.
The youngsters were able to tour the squad cars, meet the K-9, play games with the cops and enjoy a family barbecue.
Officer William Stauber with the Duluth Police Department says this is a chance to break a bad stigma against the police.
"I always tell parents I don't want to scare a kid, I don't want them to be afraid of me. I want them to be able to call me when they need help and not be afraid or intimidated," said Stauber.
The Duluth Police hope to keep this event going in different neighborhoods around the city.
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