St. Louis Police buy ice cream truck to hand out free treats at events

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – You can now get to know a St. Louis Police officer by visiting them in their new ice cream truck. “Operation Polar Cops” is a unique tool for local law enforcement to engage with the community. They will be giving out free ice cream treats at events at parks and schools in St. Louis.

A press release from police says the truck provides, “A fun environment for citizens to have positive interactions with officers.”  Police Chief Sam Dotson says the truck is a way to introduce officers to the City’s youngest citizens.  They want to present offices as positive role models in a fun environment.

The new ice cream truck was purchased by the St. Louis Police Foundation. The art on the outside of the vehicle was designed at no cost by Switch advertising agency.

Police say that the ice cream in the truck is donated by Prairie Farms Dairy & Schnucks.  They are giving over 6,000 ice cream treats and frozen novelties to stock in the truck.

The truck will be operated by the St. Louis Police Department’s Community Engagement and Organizational Development Division.

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