Tupelo Law Enforcement Interact with Community

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TUPELO, Miss. (WCBI) — It was fun day, but also a chance for children to learn that law enforcement officers are their friends.

Children interacted with members of the Tupelo Police and Fire Departments at today’s second annual Canal Street Festival. It was part of Mayor Jason Shelton’s Outreach Task Force that also featured musical entertainment and games for the children. Pastor Harold Wilson of New Dimension Community Church says in light of all the problems between police and minority residents in other parts of the country, it was important to get rid of some misconceptions.

Pastor Harold Wilson of New Dimension Community Church was the event organizer.

“It is important that African American young people, Hispanic young people know that police and authorities are not against them but for them,” he says. “But sometimes the misconceptions and receptions of what policing is all about is definitely misunderstood so this is a great opportunity for the police to represent and to affirm that they are definitely here to protect to serve all citizens,” Wilson emphasizes.

This is was just of three events put on as part of the Outreach Task Force. The other two were at the Northside Boys and Girls Club, and the Haven Acres Boys and Girls Club.

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