January 23, 2016 Perry, Ga. Police Officer Allen Gylfe who has been in law enforcement for 3 years now and recently hired in December with the Department was sent to a home on January 15, 2016 for a complaint of an unruly juvenile. The 11 year old who lived with his mother was giving her such a hard time she had to call the Police. Appropriate actions by Officer Gylfe made a difference.The Officer went to the residence and learned that the 11 year old did not want to go to school and was giving his mother a very difficult time about it. Gylfe spoke to the youth about the importance of his education but that wasn’t really the problem.
The problem was walking to school in the rain without any protection from the elements. Officer Gylfe learned after talking with the mother that she had just obtained custody of the 11 year old from the court and that money was significantly tight.
Although she was working at a local Subway restaurant she didn’t have a vehicle and she didn’t have an umbrella to give to the child nor a raincoat. These were items that she simply could not afford to provide for him.
Officer Gylfe again spoke with the 11 year old who he finally convinced to go to school and drove him there in the patrol car along with his supervisor Sgt. Jimmy Jones. After the two Officers dropped off the youth they went to a local Walmart where Officer Gylfe purchased two umbrellas and raincoats for the boy and his mother so they would each have one of their own. The purchase was made from the Officers own funds to assist the struggling family.
Both Officers were interviewed by HHJ Online who said: “This action shows that officer Gylfe truly cares for the citizens he serves,” said Jones. “The city of Perry is proud to have an officer of his caliber.”
“Being in law enforcement doesn’t mean just locking up the bad guys,” said Gylfe. “It’s also about making a difference and building relationships with the people in the community. I am glad I was able to help out in a small way.”