SARTELL -- Sartell senior residents got a tasty lunch from some unlikely chefs this (Thursday) morning.

Sartell Police Chief Jim Hughes says they 8th Annual Cookout With A Cop provides a different side of law enforcement the community doesn't usually see.

"I think this kind of environment makes residents more trusting of us, to know us on a personal level so when we are dealing with something serious with them they already know who we are," says Hughes.

The annual cookout is part of the departments Senior And Law Enforcement (S.A.L.T) program.  A lunch of hotdogs, burgers, baked beans, potato salad and dessert was provided to all Sartell residents 55 years or old.

Hughes says the event is a great way for the community to ask questions and get answers.

"We have great speakers that come in to talk about tips that are helpful to the senior community and I think that's what gets them back year and after year," says Hughes.

The Sartell police department is happy to sponsor the event every year and Hughes says the officers look forward to it just as much as the residents.


Sartell senior residents helped themselves to lunch at the 8th Annual Cookout With A Cop. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)