MINNEAPOLIS — The Minneapolis Police Department is holding open houses at each of its precincts this week in order to better connect the community and the department.

"Sometimes people only get to see the officers or the MPD in critical incidents or in times that the news is bad, and this is an opportunity for us to open up our doors and really get to know the people under a good circumstance and a happy time," said Sgt. Darcy Horn, a spokesperson for Minneapolis Police.

Horn says each precinct's open house will be slightly different, but people will be able to tour the stations, check out police squads and emergency equipment, and meet officers.

The open houses are part of National Police Week, which dates back to 1962 as a way to recognize the service and sacrifice of law enforcement in the U.S.

Sgt. Horn says she hopes people will walk away from the experience getting to know the officers on a personal level.

"It's just a really nice time for people to get to know each other and to not only know the officers in the area but really get to know your neighbors, too," said Sgt. Horn.

The second precinct held an open house on Monday.

Below are dates, times, and locations for the remaining open houses:

Tuesday, May 14th

First Precinct 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

19 North 4th Street

Fifth Precinct 5 p.m. 7 p.m.

3101 Nicollet Avenue South

Wednesday, May 15th

Third Precinct 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

3000 Minnehaha Avenue South

Thursday, May 16th

Fourth Precinct/Special Operations Center/K-9 Unit 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

4119 Dupont Avenue N.

On Wednesday, there will be a ceremony honoring law enforcement. It will be held outside of City Hall in Minneapolis on 4th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues.