Mayor R.J. "Hank" Thompson


1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.

The cards are designed in much the same way as baseball cards, with the officerís picture and name on the front and information about the officer on the back. The purpose of the cards are fear reduction. Some parents scare their children by telling that the police will get them if they donít do as they are told. Children need to know that police are there to help them. They must not be afraid to talk to an officer. The cards are collected the same as baseball cards. But in order to get a card, you must talk to the officer. The child collecting the most cards at the end of the year gets a prize donated by local businesses. To date, over 2500 cards have been handed out. The program is available to all children 17 and under.

2. When was the program created and why?

The program began in 1995. The purpose was to build a relationship between the young people in the community and the police officers so that they would not be afraid to talk with the officers if they needed help.

3. How is the program financed?

The program is supported totally by donations from local businesses.

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