Four Shawnee police officers are embarking on a new adventure to patrol and get to know specific areas of town exclusively as part of COPS — Community Oriented Policing Services — a program underway thanks to a grant received by the Shawnee Police Department.

Four Shawnee police officers are embarking on a new adventure to patrol and get to know specific areas of town exclusively as part of COPS — Community Oriented Policing Services — a program underway thanks to a grant received by the Shawnee Police Department.

Chief Mason Wilson said the four officers will be dedicated to two sections of the city on a permanent basis.

The “Charlie” District is Independence Street south and west of Broadway Street, while the “Delta” District is south of Independence Street and east of Broadway Street.

Cpl. Dennis Rains and Officer Shala Richardson are assigned to the “Charlie” District, while Officers Daniel Crisp and Elisa Mudd are assigned to the “Delta” District.

“The officers will spend their time getting to know the businesses and the citizens in these areas,” the chief said. “They will attend neighborhood meetings, functions, block parties and patrol these areas exclusively. These areas of the community will have direct access to their personal officers.”

The $250,000 COPS grant was awarded to the Shawnee Police Department from the U.S. Department of Justice last fall to fund two additional full-time officers for the next three years and allow for more community policing.

“This is an exciting program and the officers are looking forward to their interaction with the citizens,” Wilson said.

As these officers get acclimated to their new areas, watch for updates in future editions.