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Conversations with Cops help students connect with police

 

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School Resource Officer Justin Olson talks with Weston High School students during a recent lunch break. The Arlington Police Department has started a "Conversations with Cops" program where police officers go into the schools and community to talk with various groups.

High school students are learning a lot about Arlington Police thanks to a community-oriented police outreach program.

The Arlington Police Department has started a program called "Conversations with Cops" where police officers go into the community to talk with various groups. Justin Olson, Arlington's School Resource Officer, was at Weston High School on April 17 and was at Arlington High School last month.

"It's been fun interacting with the students during lunches in a relaxed environment," said Olson. "We have an open dialogue and I get to know the students better."

Olson said he answers a lot of questions from students. They ask about his career, how to become a police officer, and also about joining the military and other career paths.

"I think this is a great way for the students to build positive relationships with police officers," said Weston High School Principal Will Nelson. "They interact with Officer Olson in a positive setting and realize he's here to listen to them and help them if needed."

Conversations with Cops will continue at the local high schools on a monthly basis throughout the current school year.

 

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