MPD’s H.E.A.T. team cooks out with the community
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Monroe Police Department’s H.E.A.T. team spent lunchtime on Thursday at a cookout to visit with members of the community.
Team Commander Scotty Sadler says H.E.A.T., or High Enforcement Apprehension Team, has been targeting specific crimes like gun violence. He said the team has been very successful in the past four months due to information from the community, and the cookout is a way to thank them while also getting to know them.
Amid the ongoing national conversation on law enforcement, Sadler said he wanted the community to know this:
“It is a bad, I guess aura, with police departments across the nation, but it’s not here in Monroe. You know, we’ve got a great community, great support, great officers, and I just wanna continue to give that thanks for what we already have. I want to keep that going. You know, we’re not other cities, we’re Monroe, and I’m proud. This is my city and I take pride in it just like they do when they call to report a crime to me,” he said.
Pastor Vance Price with the New St. James Baptist Church attended the event. He said having a relationship between the community and law enforcement is important.
“Our police officers put their lives on the line every day. They serve their community by putting their lives in harm’s way so that our quality of life can be maintained and protected. And I think it’s wonderful that they want to know the people that they’re serving. And I think the people that they’re serving ought to know the people that are serving them,” he said.
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