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Local Children Treated To ‘Heroes And Helpers’ Shopping Spree

Corporal Christopher Cardwell sorts through video games with Manhattan McFadden. Caitlin Franz / WUFT News

The Gainesville Police Department and Target pair up every year as part of the Heroes and Helpers program to give local elementary school students the opportunity to go shopping. The event gives back to the community by raising money for agencies in about 200 communities throughout the United States. Last year the program raised more than $150,000.

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Local Police Work to Strengthen Community Ties

[From left to right] Assistant Chief Gerald Butler, Sgt. Tim Ball, Chief Tony Jones and Captain Stephen Maynard speak on how they interact with civilians on a daily basis. The event, which was titled “Right vs. Right,” took place Nov. 14 at the Gainesville Police Department and gave citizens a chance to ask questions and hear from law enforcement officials.

Police interaction with the community is a concern that extends past big cities. When the Rev. Milford Lewis Griner attended the “Right vs. Right” event Nov. 14, he learned useful information from law enforcement and community members that he could then share with his congregation and community. “(Open dialogue) can foster more trust …

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