Knoxville Police Department is hosting their fourth annual Ice Cream with a Cop from 6-8 p.m. on September 8 outside the KPD.

Ice Cream with a Cop serves as a way for the police department to say thank you to the community for all the support they show throughout the year. After receiving several donations four years ago, KPD began trying to find ways to engage with the community. Ice Cream with a Cop was one of the results.

“We’re always excited about Ice Cream with a Cop,” says Lieutenant Aaron Fuller. “It’s been a great event every year. We enjoy doing it.”

This year, KPD is partnering with Kone Korner and Dinky Donuts for Ice Cream with a Cop. There will be vanilla and twist ice cream available, as well as a variety of toppings for the ice cream. Dinky Donuts will also provide donuts for those who attend.

“I don’t know if I can express how excited I am to be partnering with Kone Korner, a local business,” Fuller said. “Hopefully we can continue that.”

Fuller says Ice Cream with a Cop is a great way for community members to interact with their officers outside of the typical element, such as a traffic stop or as the victim of a crime. The event allows members of the community to get to know the officers who are working to protect them.

There are three new officers who have joined KPD this year. All three officers will be present at the event. Fuller encourages community members to talk to the new officers and get to know them.

“We want them to get involved in the community as much as possible, just like we do with every officer,” Fuller says.

Ice Cream with a Cop also is a good time for community members to voice any concerns they might have to police officers.

“It’s a good way for us to communicate with the public and for the public to communicate with us,” Fuller said. “If they have any concerns about something going on in their area, this is a perfect forum for them.”

Ice Cream with a Cop is taking place after the Knoxville Community Prayer Walk this year, which Fuller hopes will help draw a larger crowd to the event. He says that anyone interested in attending needs only to bring an appetite for ice cream and donuts.

Fuller says he and other officers within the KPD are looking forward to Ice Cream with a Cop and doing other events like it in the future.

Over the past five years, KPD has made an effort to become more involved within the community. Events such as Ice Cream with a Cop and the Freedom 5K, held on the Fourth of July, are ways the department interacts with the community. Fuller says they are hoping to start a Coffee with a Cop event sometime in the fall to have conversations about what the KPD is doing to help protect the community.

“We have a great group of officers here,” Fuller says. “We really want to serve the public and keep everybody safe and everybody happy.”

Emma Skahill can be reached at eskahill@journalexpress.net or by calling the newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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