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Denison cops, kids build bridges over lunch

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A Denison police officer lets a Houston Elementary student sit in his patrol car. (KTEN) A Denison police officer lets a Houston Elementary student sit in his patrol car. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Denison students from kindergarten through fifth grade are getting a chance to hang out with the local police department.

Cops & Kids is a school lunch program that sends Denison police officers to different elementary schools to talk to kids.

"It's a fantastic program," said Interim Chief Paul Neumann. "It's one of the few opportunities that kids at this age can engage on a personal level with officers."

The program was set up to help the police department defeat negative stereotypes and build relationships with students.

"Any time they see an officer, they'll light up, want speak to them, talk to them, give them a hug," said Houston Elementary School Principal Kyle Uber. "That's part of what makes this job great."

Depending on the school, officers will either speak in front of the entire cafeteria or sit and have lunch with a smaller group of youngsters.

"We're very very proud of the coordination of the school district and ourselves and keeping this program going strong," Chief Neumann said.

The Cops & Kids program visits a different school every month.

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