South Bend Police build relationships with the community at Treat Night

South Bend Police held their annual Treat Night on Wednesday for local kids to have safe Halloween fun.

Police handed out candy, handed out safety information and had a smoke house demonstration for kids to learn fire safety tips.

However the event had more in store than teaching, treats and tricks.

South Bend Police officers are trained to work as a team, demonstrate courage, and keep the public safe.

After Treat Night, no one knows that better than the smallest members of the South Bend community.

Lt. Patrick Hechlinski of the South Bend Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit says seeing law enforcement in a different light helps strengthen their bond with the public.

 “I think there’s a lot of people on edge with the police community relationships because of various things happening and I don’t think the positives are highlighted enough,” said Hechlinski.

Highlighting the good work of local law enforcement is something many South Bend parents say is needed nowadays.

 “It’s so nice to show them that in so much craziness in the world that we are here with them being part of the community with the police that we are all here together,” said Samantha Hensley, mother of four.

“Cops can show them not to be scared of them, from now and into the future,” Leslie Cortez, mother of three.

Although Halloween may be all about a good fright, South Bend Police want to make sure that local kids feel safe when it comes to law enforcement.

“They can interact, they can get some candy, they can have a lot of fun and it’s a positive experience,” said Hechlinski.

Official trick or treating hours for the City of South Bend are from 5-7 pm on Saturday, October 31.

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