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Catman_max50

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Posted about 7 years ago

 

There is a young officer who my four year old son sees as his first hero. I can tell when he is on duty, he drives through the neighborhood about three times throughout the day. My son will see a police car and get wide eyed looking to see if it's his hero, if it is, he will smile, drop his toys and run up to him. The officer, will stop and talk to him for a good minute or two, sometimes giving him stickers, temp. tattoos, magnets etc.

It is good to have a positive role model. I feel certain KJ will remember him all his life. That's usually the way it goes. If anyone else does this, thank you.

1979_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

One of the important things that we must try to do is spend some time outside of our units and actually talking to the community establishing some sort of rapport. One of the things I thought was great and loved doing was being on my motor and going to schools or just sitting in the neighborhoods talking to folks. A fantastic PR tool.

Catman_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

That's good Robocop33, my son greatly appreciates it. I got a kick out of him, the cop drove by, stopped and backed up. He said, "hey there little guy, do you want a sucker?" KJ ran up to him and took the sucker. The cop held up another one and said, "do you have a brother or sister?" KJ said, "Yes" and took the other sucker and ran in. I said, "you just got hustled." He winked and drove off. (KJ is an only child).

Catman_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

As I figured, he wants to wear his cowboy belt and toy gun and requests that I call him "police officer"

9-11-logo_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

A lot of officers carry little stuffed animals to give to kids they meet on calls-- a good idea, I think, to give a scared or grieving kiddo something to hang on to.

Shedevil2_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

hey ck , yep we do that here . we actually have a sweetheart of a lady that brings them to our precinct . i told her once she didn't have to do that , but she said this is the only way i feel i can make a difference........


...don't play with me , i'll keep you way up after your bedtime.....

K9_barry_8_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

my little cousin was in a really bad wreck several years ago and a state trooper gave her a huge stuffed animal to take with her on the ambulance. The EMT's said that a lot of times, things like that keep kids from going into shock. It's amazing what a little bit of love and kindness can do for a kid in need.


I'm just here and do what I'm told..
Godspeed to all LEO's and EMT's

9-11-logo_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Yup, sometimes folks drop them off for the officers to give away. There are a lot of people out there that would like to be a support to LE, and don't know how to help.

I have one older lady in the congregation whose car stopped in the middle of an intersection, and an officer came and helped. So in a week or so, she showed up at the PD with a plate of brownies. And she makes GOOD brownies! Some people help by giving you gifts for kids and some help by trying to make you fat!

So now the guys ask after her sometimes. I think they are hoping her car will break down again! LOL

Shedevil2_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

speaking of fat.....helped two little old ladies one day coming out of the grocery store with 2 fifty lb bags of dog food. while i was putting the bags in the trunk of their car one of the ladies started to laugh . she said officer thank you so much , i would bake you a cake , but you don't look like you need any help with that big ole' booty of yours ..............all i could do was laugh.........


...don't play with me , i'll keep you way up after your bedtime.....

Th_plugman1_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Nice:) Val , I don't know if I would laugh or start crying. LOL Nothing wrong with a little junk in the trunk. I always make a point to stop and talk to the kids everywhere I go. I have a lot of little thank you cards that I always hang in my office just to remind myself that they are the importent ones and the ones I need to reach before someone else does. I never push a hug away when it comes to kids. I hate when I hear a parent tell them, "if you are bad she is going to take you to jail". The minute they finish the sentance I pull the parent away from the child and jump their shit and tell them they need to stop threatening their children with that.

Shedevil2_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

hey sarge next time you hear that ..tell them i hope you never have a heart attack or need help because that child won't call us because of what you keep saying every time you see the police.......i'm like you when it comes to the kids . one day was feeling kind of blue and this little girl came up and hugged me around the knees and said i love you and i started to cry right there . the mom said she just love the police and officer you're the first female officer she's ever hugged . the lady didn't know it , but it was the first time i ever got a hug from a little girl ..........get them all the time from little boys ...... i wonder why.............


...don't play with me , i'll keep you way up after your bedtime.....

Th_plugman1_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Val, because of the small town I work in they don't even call me officer they just call my by my first name. It's all good to me as long as I leave them with a good impression for when they get a little older. I do everything I can to never arrest parents in front of their kids. It does leave a bad impression in their little minds, just sometimes the parents act worse than the kids do and don't give me a choice.