Dickinson law enforcement strengthens community relationships

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Dickinson, N.D. - Dickinson law enforcement officials say they've been more vigilant and cautious the past few weeks.

"We've got our heads really on a swivel. Really watching our backs," says Maj. Ray Kaylor, Stark County Sheriff's Department.

But they say they want to be supportive of a community that has supported them through the Baton Rouge and Dallas police attacks.

"We've had people bring food into us. We've had cards delivered this morning. People stop and give us hugs. Inadvertently buy us lunches," says Kaylor.

Kaylor says deputies attend school functions, and try to introduce themselves to residents when they are out patrolling.

"We stress and strive our deputies to get out of your patrol car, walk around town, visit people, shake hands, introduce yourself and get to know the public," says Kaylor.

The Dickinson Police Department has similar procedures.

The department has programs such as Adopt-a-Cop, Citizens and Youth Academy and National Night Out.

Capt. David Wilkie says much of the programs focus on youth and gives the community a chance to interact with and understand police involvement.

"It's specifically designed to let people into our world. To see what we do, and how we do it, and why we do it," says Wilkie.

Wilkie says many officers have grown up in Dickinson, and try to treat residents as neighbors.

"We live here. The people that we are serving whether it's serving a warrant, or it's getting a cat out of a tree, whatever it is, they're our neighbors. They're the people that we live next to or the people that live right down the street who could potentially at any time walk up to our door and talk to us about anything," says Wilkie.

Wilkie says the department hasn't made any major changes since the Dallas and Baton Rouge attacks.