WATERVILLE — Law enforcement personnel from several area departments stopped by Woodlands Senior Living on West River Road for food and conversation Thursday afternoon, the retirement home’s way of thanking them for the work they do.

“Through conversations with residents and staff, it was brought to our attention that police officers in our communities have been working hard to ensure our safety; however, we haven’t taken the time to thank them,” said Kristen Gilley, director of development, in a news release Wednesday.

Officers from Waterville, Winslow, Fairfield, Oakland, the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine State Police were invited to the event, Gilley said. She said many planned to stop by through the two-hour function.

Waterville-based Woodlands has 10 senior residences in six communities — Waterville, Lewiston, Hallowell, Brewer, Rockland and Cape Elizabeth. It is building a 36-bed center in Farmington for people with dementia.

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