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May 31, 2009

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We went to a community market up near Anacortes last summer, and the police had a D.A.R.E. table set up... Gayle was excited to see the "real life police officers!" and wanted to see what they were showing (it happened to be a cross section of a smoker's lung... ew...) She loved telling all her friends that she got her police badge sticker from a real life police officer - and then lecturing them on why you shouldn't smoke.

Now that is cool. Those kids are going to remember the one who took a few seconds out of his day to give them stickers. Not to mention have a positive attitude towards police officers.

One of the more fun parts of policing, I think? It's a good idea to get the kids "on your side" from the beginning. We've been thinking of getting little ambulances for kids to "fold-and-colour".

we don't have stickers.
they haven't decided to spend money on them.

To flesh the scene out a bit more, that wreck involved a fatality. It was one of those sad events that can't be prevented, they just happen.

Handing out the stickers wasn't just a positive interaction for the man and his children. It was a partial antidote for a depressing call. Having that man stop his vehicle and take the time to make contact changed the tempo of RD's night for the better. It was a win-win situation all the way around.


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