If you’re like me, the sight of a police officer (unless you’ve called on them yourself for help) often inspires anxiety — am I speeding? Are my tags current? Did a violent crime occur on my street? Is someone dead? Why are they here? Bad things!

I should not feel this way. At this point in my life, my inspection is current and I am a totally law-abiding citizen. It’s been almost three months since a cop last appeared at my door in the middle of the night with bad news, after all. And in my years working at the Advocate, I have learned that cops can offer a wealth of information. They can dispel or confirm rumors and fears, offer salient suggestions about keeping yourself and your property safe or advise you on handling crime- or possibly-crime-related encounters.

Tomorrow (Saturday, July 12) from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m., members of the Dallas Police Department will be at neighborhood McDonald’s to answer questions and listen to concerns.

In the Lake Highlands area:

Cops will be at at 6950 Greenville Avenue

In East Dallas:

5337 E. Grand Avenue

In Preston Hollow:

10720 Preston

And in the Oak Cliff region:

1415 E. Illinois Avenue and 705 W. Jefferson Boulevard

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