After the pandemic caused the Rochester Police Department to hit pause on its Safe City Nights program last summer, the department is ready to hit play.

The four-part series of community events returns July 13 at Jefferson Elementary School in Northeast Rochester, 1201 10th Ave. NE. A second program will be held in July and two will be held in August. Each will be at a different location.

Each event will include free food and activities as well as demonstrations by the K9 team, hands-on experiences with the Emergency Response Unit, a tour of the crime scene vehicle and more, according to a news release from the department.

The program began in June 2019 as an initiative to build positive connections between law enforcement and residents.

Speaking after four events in 2019, Rochester Police Chief Jim Franklin told members of the Olmsted County Human Rights Commission that it was "an unbelievably awesome endeavor that turned out better than I could have imagined."

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He said about 2,800 people took part in the events.

In addition to the police department, a number of city and county resources are participating this year, including Mayor Kim Norton, Rochester Public Utilities, Public Works, Rochester Fire Department, Parks & Recreation, the Diversity Council, Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service and the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office.

If you go

Tuesday, July 13, 6-8 p.m. – Jefferson Elementary School, 1201 10th Ave. NE.

Tuesday, July 27, 6-8 p.m. – Hope Summit Church, 1315 Sixth Ave. SE.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 6-8 p.m. – Edison Administrative Building, 615 Seventh St. SW.

Tuesday Aug. 24, 6-8 p.m. – Watson Field, 1000 Essex Parkway NW.