Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

December 17, 2012

Good guys throughout the year

-- — Some parents ask police officers to “scare” unruly children. A mom or dad can’t get a small child to behave and the police officer is asked to sternly warn the child that misbehavior leads to jail.

Many police officers will refuse such a request. Many will say they don’t want the view of a police officer as the bad guy to be a small child’s introduction to law-enforcement.

With the experiences of the past few days, many children have come to realize there are plenty of bad guys in the world, but the police are the good guys. The police do what they can to save people and sometimes they have to try making sense of all of the broken pieces.

So, there is something especially poignant this year to see area police officers helping youngsters pick out toys for Christmas.

There is something particularly special in Monday’s Eighth Annual Shop With A Cop introducing police officers as good guys to area children.

During the event, several area children met at Walmart at 3274 Inner Perimeter Road, received Walmart gift cards, and partnered with law-enforcement officers to shop.

Several children benefited from this year’s Shop With A Cop program. These children will come away with a new impression of law-enforcement.

“Not only does this event benefit the students, who get a little extra help during the holiday season, but it also shows these kids a different side of law-enforcement officers,” Valdosta Police Department Officer Vernotis Williams has said in the past. “Kids have a tendency to see us as bad. Through this program, they have the opportunity to see us as people they can approach.”

For all they normally do, and helping Santa Claus, too, kids learn that police officers are indeed the good guys throughout the year in all kinds of times of need.

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