Law enforcement officials will continue building relationships with Union area youth through its Open Doors Program.

This year, the program will be expanded to all students in the Union School District.

“We felt we needed to connect more with the entire student body,” said Union School Resource Officer Rick Neace. “We want to get to know them on a more personal level and show then that we’re all human.”

Open Doors started last spring, when the district teamed up with the Union Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol to help encourage positive relationships between law enforcement and students.

As part of the program, offficers visited Central, Beaufort and Clark-Vitt Elementary Schools and Immaculate Conception, opening doors for students, greeting them and giving high-fives, fist bumps and hugs.

By Karen Butterfield | Union Missourian