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Ada event brings police, community together

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ADA, Okla. -- To help build a relationship between officers and the community, the Ada Police Department hosted the second annual United We Stand event on Sunday.

It's designed to let residents get to know their law enforcement personnel while enjoying live music, food and more.

Police said they want to eliminate any negative stereotypes that citizens may have about them.

"We're normal people just like everyone else in town," explained Patrol Officer Michael Lindsey. "Them getting to come to this and see us in a different aspect than just out on the street being, what they consider, bad guys is really important."

Lindsey said without that relationship, their performance in the field would suffer.

"If we don't have them letting us know what's going on, we don't get to do our job more effectively," he said. "It's because of the community we get to do our jobs as good as we do."

With a great turnout for Sunday's event, officials said they want to keep the momentum going for years to come.

"After the Dallas shooting, it was kind of like an idea that we have a good community here -- let's encourage that. Let's keep that going, let's make it grow," said Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary treasurer Amber Ballagh. "So that's why we're continuing to do it each year."

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