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St. Cloud State to pay for three extra city police officers

St. Cloud State University is working on an agreement to pay the city of St. Cloud for three extra police officers who would patrol the university’s neighborhood.

The St. Cloud Times says the proposal calls for the university to pay about $240,000 a year to cover salary and benefits for three officers. The arrangement could start within a month.

The idea was raised several years ago by Mayor Dave Kleis, the paper said, and after an assault in the area led to a death last November, SCSU officials have now agreed it’s a good plan.

St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson said he expects the officers assigned to the university area to provide “as much outreach and relationship building” as enforcement, the story said.

Anderson said:

“Even though it’s so cliche, it’s a good, old-fashioned community policing initiative, which is why I want them embedded over there. So if somebody has an issue or a problem they know that they can find an officer right there. I expect them to be out and about on foot patrol. You’ll probably see them out there on bikes.”

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