School visits and beat patrols connecting Normandy officers to community

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NORMANDY, MO (KTVI) - How can police and citizens better communicate?  That is one of the questions rising from the Michael Brown protests. One department that borders Ferguson is making a point to reach out to residents on a daily basis.  It has been a concerted effort since 2010.

Kids talking to police officers as friends. It is music to the ears of officers like Tameika Sanders.

"What happens is we start to foster good relationships and give them something positive to attribute with the name , the badge, the uniform and law enforcement as a whole." said Officer Tameika Sanders.

Regular visits to schools like Bermuda Elementary, and a department focus on beat patrols, are paying off according to Normandy Police Chief Frank Mininni.

"It helps us solve crime because people are more apt to call us and give us information because in some places. They don't want to talk to the police. They don't want to see the police. said Normandy Police Chief Frank Mininni. "They'll handle it on their own.  It is different here."

Under the community policing philosophy Normandy officers work to know the residents on their beats.

"In the mornings Normandy make sure they do their rounds for the school kids  and we're always seeing them. They're present in our community  and I love it."  said Normandy Mom Lindsay Johnson.

There is a sense of satisfaction among the police officers as well. It's all in a day's work.