Our Granddaughter and the Sheriff

@sgbrown (1641)
United States
April 21, 2016 7:56am CST
Our 4 year old granddaughter, Jazzy has been talking about how she wants to be "a police" when she grows up. She has been arresting bad guys at our house and putting them in jail. We thought this was a good opportunity to get her familiar with the real police and make some new friends. The sheriff here in our town is a friend of ours and we go by and visit with him from time to time. We called him up and told him that we wanted to bring Jazzy by to meet him. He was happy to accommodate us and we set up a time for us to bring her by. When we told her that we were going to the Sheriff's Office and she was going to meet some real police, she was so excited! He and several of his deputies went out of their way to see that Jazz had a good time. She got to sit at his desk, wear his cap and he even had a badge for her. One of the deputies took her outside and let her sit in his car and turn on the lights and siren. She talked about this for a week! Too many kids these day hear bad things about law enforcement and some are even scared of the police. Of course these children probably grow up with parents that are afraid of the police, for good reason, if you know what I mean. I think we should all make a special effort and encourage our children to like and respect our law enforcement. If possible, we need to show our children that the police, sheriff, etc., are here to help and protect us and are not anyone they should be afraid of.
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@topffer (36402)
• Djibouti, Djibouti
21 Apr 16
Police poster
"Of course these children probably grow up with parents that are afraid of the police, for good reason, if you know what I mean." Although we are happy to see the police when we need it, it has a bad reputation in my country. Here a poster released this week in France by a French police syndicate saying "Police has to protect citizens, not to knock them. Stop violence". It is not always obvious.
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@sgbrown (1641)
• United States
21 Apr 16
It is a terrible thing when the police have to be feared, for good reason. I hope that is fixed in your country some day.
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@topffer (36402)
• Djibouti, Djibouti
21 Apr 16
@sgbrown It is not all the police. This poster is about a special police which is sent around the protests, and they are often excessive. A few policemen have been judged for brutality and violence last month.
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@sgbrown (1641)
• United States
21 Apr 16
@topffer I understand. There are always going to be those that get excessive. We have some here too.
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@Corbin5 (119782)
• United States
21 Apr 16
How wonderful Jazzy got to experience this! If all kids had an experience like Jazzy had, then that fear would lessen. I am sure police departments would be very pleased to accommodate groups of children on a regular basis when time permits.
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@sgbrown (1641)
• United States
23 Apr 16
Apparently, we started something! I have seen 2 posts on FaceBook where he welcome 2 other children now. That's a good thing, I hope more children want to visit. He is a very good man and would be happy to accommodate them when time permits. :)
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@Corbin5 (119782)
• United States
23 Apr 16
@sgbrown Schools working with police could certainly start a program where kids can really get to know the police in the area and teach children that the role of the police is to provide protection for all citizens. So glad you started something going. This country's citizens need to learn at an early age that the police are here to keep us safe from harm.
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@sgbrown (1641)
• United States
24 Apr 16
@Corbin5 That is really a great idea! A program like this should be started when the children are young enough to not have already formed an opinion about the police. Parents don't realize that their little comments like, "Oh no, there a cop!" may be innocent, but it leaves a bad impression with the child.
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@MALUSE (44726)
• Uzbekistan
21 Apr 16
In Germany, kindergarten kids visit the police and the fire brigade with their kindergartners.
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@sgbrown (1641)
• United States
21 Apr 16
That's great, @MALUSE We should all show our children that these are just people, moms and dads, and that they are here to help us. :)
@TheHorse (73700)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 May 16
Makes sense. I think we did that too here in the US when I was young. I remember wanting to hear the siren at the fire station.
@jstory07 (71377)
• Roseburg, Oregon
21 Apr 16
We should teach our children that the police are our friends that they are here to help us.
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@TheHorse (73700)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 May 16
I think most kids know that--unless they come from criminal backgrounds.
@jaboUK (55200)
• United Kingdom
22 Apr 16
What a lovely thing to do for Jazzy, Sheila. She looks so happy in the photo.
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@sgbrown (1641)
• United States
22 Apr 16
Thank you, @jaboUK She was so excited when we told her where we were going! Children need to be taught to appreciate and respect law enforcement and we were so glad she wanted to meet "some police" as she put it. She had a great time! :)
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@JudyEv (137449)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Apr 16
What a great time Jazzy would have had - and what a good idea to take her to meet some police. As kids, we were always scared of the police which was a bit of a shame.
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@sgbrown (1641)
• United States
23 Apr 16
Jazzy had a great time and wants to go back! I was never afraid of the police, but I know a lot of kids that are now days. I don't want her to be one of them. :)
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@scheng1 (24741)
• Singapore
21 Apr 16
Yes, that is good practice. For us here in Singapore, all males who are citizens or permanent residents have to serve national service upon the age of 18. Some of them get posted to police division.
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@TheHorse (73700)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 May 16
She looks pretty happy, but I think I'd rather her go into Law in the current environment.