- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WINONA, Minn. (AP) - A group of police officers has traveled from Germany to Winona to participate in a long-running exchange.

Ten visiting officers will be in town through Saturday as part of a German American Police Exchange Program, the Winona Daily News (https://bit.ly/1ygOfbY ) reported. They plan to tour Winona, stop by schools, take a boat ride along the river and raise money for a 4-year-old boy suffering from a neurological disorder.

The program aims to give participants a different perspective about police work in another country. Winona officers also get to travel to Germany.

German Captain Hans Holthaus, who’s visited Winona about 15 times, said he was surprised to learn how dangerous the job of an American police officer can be. But he said officers in the two countries share a common dedication to their respective communities.

On Tuesday, during their first day in Winona, the German officers conversed with the local officers at town hall. Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand briefed the group on the city’s upcoming law enforcement events and the agenda for the German officers’ visit.

Holthaus said he was especially excited to go for a ride along the river.

“The Mississippi is a river everyone knows all around the world,” Holthaus said. “Especially from Mark Twain.”

Last year, the Winona officers took the Germans to the Wisconsin Dells for an entirely different kind of water ride. Holthaus said he was able to ride the biggest water slide he had ever seen.

Winona has participated in the exchange program for about 20 years.


Information from: Winona Daily News, https://www.winonadailynews.com

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