October 23, 2015 A family heirloom passed from mother to son is something special. A small Teddy bear that once belonged to Ashley Trepp was given to her son Freddy who is now 5 years old was lost somewhere when the family was traveling Nashville back home to Minnesota, passing through Indiana. Heartbroken Ashley tried retracing the families steps and even called a pizza delivery company but she was out of luck. As a last resort she contacted the White County Sheriff’s Department.
October 23, 2015 Norwalk, Iowa Under the command of Chief Greg Staples the Norwalk Police Department has returned to perhaps the best method of community policing that there is. The De Moines Register has done a fine job of encapsulating the initiative which has been coined “The Walk About Project” by the Department where officers have taken to the Streets and are discovering unexpected things.
October 21, 2015 Cedar Park, Tx. When Officer Justin Gower pulled a man who was driving a truck over for an expired registration and malfunctioning light the driver probably thought his already difficult situation was about to get worse. The man has been struggling just to make ends meet and has been working to keep his children fed while living in his car. The man had just enough money to recently move the family to a motel. Gower remembered hearing about the man from another Officer and recognized the man as soon as he pulled him over.
He also saw another very problematic situation, a 1-year-old, 3-year-old, and 4-year-old little girls weren’t in car seats. The Officer quickly decided to call Officer Hawkins to try and make a difference.
October 21, 2015 Los Angeles, Ca. 10 year old Geovanni Ramirez suffers from cerebral palsy and is unable to walk on his own. To make matters worse thieves stole the boy’s leg braces right out of his mother’s vehicle. LAPD was notified of the disturbing theft of the child’s leg braces. Officers from LAPD’s Newton Division took up a cause for the child and family who would be unable to replace the costly braces for themselves.
October 20, 2015 Ames, Ia. When a child has their bike stolen it is always a loss to the child. They look to adults for help. When Fionn Coppoc aged 5 had his bicycle stolen he told his mother that they needed to call the Police. Officer Officer Vince Jr. came to take the report, or so he thought. Fionn began to draw the young Officer a crime scene diagram and the Officer was hooked.
October 22, 2015 Philadelphia, Pa. After a bystander snapped a photo of a SEPTA Transit Police officer cradling a lost 2 year old safely in his arms. A destitute family receives an outpouring of help from citizens in the City Of Brotherly Love.
October 18, 2015 LaGrange, Illinois Police Department Posted a photo of an officer skipping rope on the playground with some children at the school on their Facebook page.
While some people may complain about this it needs to be noted, this is exactly what Officers should be doing and they should be commended for it.
The Officer depicted here is connecting with the children in a very unique way one on one. The children get to know the Officers and see them as someone that they can trust and look up to. Someone that they can confide in and seek when they need help. They see Police Officers as a positive role model.
It is not lost on the community either. As noted on the Facebook page one mother named Stephanie Mead Kirk stated: “It was such a great feeling last week at the dinner table when my boys were telling me about their day and my fifth grader, Jackson says “I played soccer at recess with a police officer”. I asked why and he said “oh they just stopped by””
Photo Credit:LaGrange, Illinois Police Department
Olathe, Ks. A patrol Officer meets a three year old boy who is dressed up as an Officer. 3 year old Logan loves to dress up as a Police officer or Firefighter and play. He was happy to meet an officer from the Olathe Police Department and have his mother snap a photo of himself and the Officer.
It takes a few minutes to make a lasting impression.
Photo Credit:City of Olathe, KS Government
October 19, 2015 Crowley, La. Crowley, La. A young boy was lost at a local “Rice Festival” when Officer David Taylor found him. What could have been a very frightening ordeal for the child turned into a comfortable, casual and apparently relaxing 30 minutes for the youngster as a photo attested to.
October 20, 2015 Hall County, Ga. Two Deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident of a truck that had rolled over. When they arrived they heard the sounds that no Officer ever wants to hear. They heard the crying and screaming of a child trapped underneath the vehicle. The two Deputies scrambled under the truck through the leaking gasoline and oil knowing full well the dangers involved to try and free the child.