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South Bend Police Department hosts Cinco de Mayo festival for community

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A Cinoco de Mayo festival was put on by the South Bend Police Department A Cinoco de Mayo festival was put on by the South Bend Police Department
It may not be May 5th yet, but the South Bend Police Department and the Latin American Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Cinco de Mayo festival, Sunday afternoon. The event was held at the Rum Village Park and offered many activities, vendors, games and food. There were dance performances as well as a band.

The event is held to create a relationship between the Latino community and the South Bend Police Department. Organizers say the concept should be expanded to all of South Bend and not just the Latino population specifically.

"This is a great model to follow,” Executive Director of La Casa de Amistad, Sam Centellas said “If the police are doing great outreach like this in every community, it will definitely make a difference to help the community to connect with them."

Lieutenant Christopher Voros of the South Bend Police Department says these events are meant to build a sense of trust with the community. He says he wants the people living in the area to not be afraid to approach a police officer. Without people wanting to come forward and tell us what's happening, it makes our job ten times harder," Voros said.

This was the sixth Cinco de Mayo celebration put on by the police department and the second straight year the festival was held at Rum Village Park.

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