LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Community policing on the Northside will get a boost thanks to a grant from the La Crosse Community Foundation.
The area will get its own new community officer who will patrol mainly on bike and foot and not in a police vehicle.
Unlike a regular patrol officer who may have to respond to numerous calls throughout the day, this officer will be able to work one on one with residents and children in the community.
They will work specifically with Northside businesses, Logan Middle and High School, and the Boys and Girls Club.
The officer can interact with students in a way that makes them feel comfortable with law enforcement.
La Crosse Police Captain Pat Hogan says, "We obviously want to have that positive reaction between the kids and the officers. So they get to meet the officers on friendly grounds, instead of a situation that's happened or taking place."
The grant lasts for three years and assists a grant that the department was awarded from the National Community Oriented Policing Services.
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