A SIGN OF GOODWILL
Local resident starts project supporting West Chester police
WEST CHESTER >> In attempt to push back against the harsh national spotlight currently cast on police departments across the nation, a West Chester public works employee took it upon himself to hand out signs reading: “We support West Chester police.”
Gil Robinson has driven garbage trucks for the borough for over 17 years after he retired from the Air National Guard. He said he started handing out signs to help bring the community together, and to bring appreciation to the police for the work they do.
“You go to work, you never know what’s in front of you,” he said referencing the potential dangers police officers face. “They take on a real heavy job.
Robinson started handing out signs in early July, after talking with West Chester Police Chief Scott Bohn beforehand.
“I thought it was a wonderful thing,” Bohn said about Robinson asking him about the project. “We’ve received a tremendous amount of support from the community.”
Bohn offered to help him out financially, but Robinson turned him down.
“It’s a testament to him as a citizen,” Bohn said.
Bohn said he’s been asked several times by other police departments if the signs were a project the West Chester Police Department started, and they are impressed when they
learn a citizen started the program.
Robinson said the response has been positive, so much that he’s had to order more signs. He said he started out with 100, and after he handed all those out, he ordered another 100. He’s handed out a little over 150 signs paid for with his own money.
Homeowners and business owners alike have asked for and displayed them.
“We have them in all four corners of the borough,” he said.
Originally, he started handing them out himself. But since local residents then started showing up at the police station asking for them, now residents can pick up a sign there, too.
In addition to openly displaying support for the police, he said he also wants to help bring the community together, and that neighbors have asked other neighbors where they could get one for their yard.
“People feel good about our police officers,” he said. “They take on a real heavy job.”
Gil Robinson started this program in late August. Here, he is standing with West Chester police officers Jerry Ferriola and Henry Hague.
Gil Robinson, a West Chester public works employee, has handed out more than 100 signs reading: “We support West Chester police.”