Bemidji Rotary Learns About Success of St. Cloud COP House
The Bemidji Rotary Club hosted a special speaker at their monthly meeting Monday morning. Troy Fritz, a Rotarian from St. Cloud, came to Bemidji to discuss the possibility of a Community OutPost (or COP House) with the club.
The agenda at the meeting did not just center around what is happening now, but what could happen in the future. The Ridgeway Neighborhood Initiative introduced the rest of the club to the prospect of a COP House. This is a place that could help prevent crime by providing a safe place for children and adults of the community.
Back in 2005, the St. Cloud club started the process of campaigning for and then building their own Community OutPost, which is now the first COP House in the state of Minnesota. After it officially opened its doors 2017, the community benefited from the program as it provided engaging activities for kids and adults alike. Now, the Rotary Club hopes to bring something like this to the Bemidji area.
Although establishing a house like this will take many years and steps, the benefits given at the meeting provide a picture as to how Bemidji can bring something like this further north.
The meeting also had a Q&A portion where Fritz shared his perspective and knowledge of the St. Cloud Rotary Club’s work with the COP House. Although some questions were answered, possible future plans for a Community OutPost in Bemidji lies with the city and people who will work to build it.
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