Children take home books, connect with Rockford Police through Cops 'n Kids program

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Salvation Army and Rockford Public Schools teamed up to give students a special learning experience involving police.

Students involved with the Head Start program selected two new books to take home through the Cops 'n Kids program. Students could choose from more than 100 books collected through the program.

Rockford police officers interacted with the students while exploring the books at the Dennis Early Childhood Center. Officers say they take opportunities like this to make a positive impact with youth in the community.

"We're going to talk to them, explain what police do, how they help you, how they're good neighbors, how they're part of the community, and just get to know the kids and put a face to the uniform," said Andre Bass, assistant deputy for the Rockford Police Department. "To let the kids know that the police are also there in good times and to have fun."

Children from a Spanish-speaking home had the opportunity to select one book in Spanish and another one in English.