Columbia Police Department hosts barbecue for neighborhood

7 months 2 weeks 5 days ago June 05, 2016 Jun 5, 2016 Sunday, June 05 2016 Sunday, June 05, 2016 7:40:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
By: Nina Amedin, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is hosting a barbecue for a north Columbia neighborhood today from 2-8 p.m.

Officers from the Community Outreach Unit will be at Auburn Hills Park grilling for the North Strategic Plan neighborhood to help residents get to know their neighbors. 

"Something that we've seen in foot patrols and talking with folks that live out there is that they don't know their neighbors," said Scott Lenger CPD Community Outreach Officer.

Lenger said the Community Outreach Unit tries to talk to as many people as possible to see what kind of issues the community might be facing. 

Lenger also said at "one point there were a lot of high profile calls" coming from the area. 

"There's a really small amount of people that are causing some of the problems out there and we want everybody in that area to understand that we're all together and living in the same community and we should be able to live together in a good way," he said. "The big thing that we're looking for again is to take all the neighbors in that area and try to mold them together and add that glue that might not be there otherwise."

The Columbia Police Department will host another barbecue for the East Strategic Plan Neighborhood at Indian Hills Park on June 18th.

There will also be a barbecue for the central neighborhood later in the summer. 

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