December 30, 2015 Norfolk, Va. Norfolk Police Officer Phillips was assisting a motorist who’s vehicle was disabled. He engaged the motorist in conversation and found an opportunity to do some real community Police Work.
This is the heart of what an officer does every day, it just seems not to get much attention sadly. Taking the time to talk to people and spend time with the citizens that officers serve, granting small requests build trust and confidence within the community.
From the Norfolk Police Department Facebook page:
Last week during his patrol, Officer Phillips assisted a driver whose vehicle had broken down. While waiting for the tow truck, the driver told the officer that her 9-year-old son, Dacarri, had been expressing interest in becoming a police officer. Well, Dacarri got his chance that day. Officer Phillips let him “play officer” until the tow truck arrived. “Officer-in-training” Dacarri got to sit in the police car and turn the lights and sirens on.
He was glowing from ear to ear, and his mother said this was a moment that he would remember for a long time!
While Dacarri had an unforgetable moment, Officer Phillips was moved by such an impressive kid. “To see him light up was such a heartwarming experience for me, that I will remember for a life-time” Officer Phillips said.
Thank you Officer Phillips for taking the time to show Dacarri that Community Policing does matter, and thank you Dacarri for being such an Amazing Young Man!