Bakersfield Police Department’s Community Relations Unit bridges police with community


On the second floor of the Bakersfield Police Department, one will find the office of the Community Relations Unit, where staff is often hard at work coming up with new ways to connect with residents. Coffee with a Cop, Christmas baskets, canned food drives, and a few team members have even taken up puppetry in order to take on the McGruff Puppet Program, which introduces young children to law enforcement. When it comes to swinging for the fences, the motto in the Community Relations Unit tends to lean toward the “no idea is too big” mindset, which has proven a…

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