Florida Officers Commend Kids, To Show Cops Aren’t Always Bad Guys


Police officers in West Melbourne, Fl., are running “Operation Commendable Kids” to praise young people for behaving well, reports Florida Today. Example: An officer gave coupons for free sandwiches to two boys who used a crosswalk. “I’m actually very stunned and right now I’m shaking,” said Jacob Klenotich, 13. Police want to have more positive interactions with children and the community, with each officer looking to issue a child at least one “ticket” per shift.

For wearing helmets on skateboards, Nick Hart, 9, and Killian Meyer-Rhodes, 7, were given coupons for free McDonald’s milk shakes. For wearing helmets on bicycles, Kaylee Eddleman, 6, and her brother Connor, 8, got coupons for $5 at Northstar Ice Cream Depot. “It’s an awesome idea,” said their father, Scott. “It lets the kids know that the police aren’t always the bad guys.”

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