COPS Grant pushes community policing in Harlingen

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The Harlingen Police Department continues asking community partners to assess them in order to measure the extent to which community policing has been implemented.

This comes after a cops grant was awarded in 2013 that allowed for the hiring of five police officer for the Harlingen consolidated independent school district.

According to the department, this is just one of the many ways the department has promoted and established relationships with the community.

Ray Cavazos with the Harlingen Police Department states, “They’re also there to help support the schools and their efforts with the students. That there’s a resource for the faculty. They’re also there as a resource for the students. Somebody might have a question, somebody might need advice, that’s what we’re here for.”

HCISD Superintendent, Dr. Art Cavazos states, “Not only security but bringing the human element of policing where the kids get to associate with the police department, with the police officers. They become partners in all the things that we’re doing.”

In addition to Harlingen’s community policing efforts at schools, you can also engage with them during their upcoming “Run with the Heroes 5-K” as well as national night out in October.

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