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Minneapolis bike cops now have a truck – with a TV and ice cream

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Minneapolis police have a new tool to help them connect with kids in the community.

The department showed off its new Bike Cops for Kids truck on Wednesday, according to its Facebook page.

The truck is "fully loaded" with a basketball hoop, a TV, and freezers of ice cream, according to a news release. The truck also has brackets for officers to help kids fix their bikes and hooks to hang up their helmets.

The "first of its kind cruiser" made its debut at Lucy Laney Elementary School in North Minneapolis. It was stocked with helmets and water bottles for kids, and they gave a bike to one child, the release says.

Officer Mike Kirchen told MPR News the Bike Cops for Kids program, which began in 2009, not only promotes bike safety, but fosters better relations between officers and children.

Kirchen and officer Dave O'Connor are known as the "bike cops," and over the years they've handed out hundreds of bike helmets and water bottles to kids through the Bike Cops for Kids program. Last year, they gave out 53 bikes, the release says.

The truck was funded by a donation from Minneapolis Attorney Mike Ciresi and the Phillips Family Foundation, according to the release.

Here are some photos from Wednesday's event:

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