Kids are getting ready to head back to school, either virtually or in-person. Parents are taking on the challenges the coronavirus continues to pose in their daily lives. Now more than ever, families deserve to get lost in the bliss of a free, sweet treat.

Luckily, we can all do just that today in Syracuse!

The Syracuse Police Department is teaming up with Rick's Polar Pops Ice Cream to distribute free ice cream to children and their families. They'll be handing out ice cream today at the 500 block of Butternut Street in the Pavone's Pizza parking lot from 2 to 4 p.m., so swing by, grab your treat and - safely - say hello to the men and women serving Central New York.

The department posted about the event on its Facebook page and said it's "an opportunity to build positive relationships with the community and give back to our community in which we serve."

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This is not the first time the department has stepped up for an event like this. Syracuse Police also partnered with Skippy's Ice Cream earlier this summer to help cool down and socialize with the community.

And once you've had your free treat from Rick's, you can head over to your closest Stewart's Shops for more ice cream. The company is releasing a new, limited edition flavor called Civility that encourages kindness and is for any and all salted caramel fans. Civility is simple: just vanilla ice cream and a salty caramel swirl.