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The Salt Lake City Police Department is collecting books for students at Backman and Medowlark elementaries through Sunday.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department is collecting books for students at Backman and Medowlark elementaries through Sunday.

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Donations of new or gently used books will be accepted at the Salt Lake City-County Building, 451 S. State; the Salt Lake Public Safety Building, 475 S. 300 East; the police department’s Pioneer Precinct, 1040 W. 700 South; and the Salt Lake Main Library, 210 E. 400 South.

“The goal of the book drive is to bridge the gap between education and crime and to build a positive relationship between kids and police officers,” Police Chief Mike Brown said in a statement. “But our favorite part is sitting down and reading to the children; it’s such a joy.”

This is the second year that police department has conducted a book drive for schools in Salt Lake City in partnership with Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.