Sup­port­ing law en­force­ment

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Sev­eral Dorch­ester County day­care providers of­fered their sup­port to lo­cal law en­force­ment on Fri­day, Aug. 12, by pre­sent­ing po­lice with ban­ners and signs of sup­port dur­ing a meet­ing at Cam­bridge po­lice head­quar­ters.

Chil­dren from the day­care providers Leap and Learn, Pine Top, Bunny Trail, Hall’s Lit­tle An­gels and Brighter Hori­zon thanked the Dorch­ester Sheriff’s Of­fice, and Cam­bridge po­lice and Hur­lock po­lice de­part­ments for serv­ing the Dorch­ester County com­mu­nity. Of­fi­cers from the de­part­ments posed for pic­tures and thanked the youth for the ges­ture of sup­port.

“I don’t know that words can ex­press what it means to us,” said Dorch­ester County Sheriff James Phillips. “We are get­ting, pretty much, a black eye all through the coun­try for be­ing po­lice of­fi­cers. But you have a group of day­care providers with the sup­port of the par­ents and chil­dren that have taken time from their day to come out here in this hot weather and of­fer us their sup­port.

“They’ve made ban­ners and wish us good luck,” he said. “It is over­whelm­ing to re­ceive this amount of sup­port.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate all the sup­port from the Dorch­ester County and Eastern Shore com­mu­nity. We’ve had many com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions of­fer their sup­port to us. It is re­ally heart­warm­ing that we still live in a re­ally nice place here on the Eastern Shore, in par­tic­u­larly Dorch­ester County. We have a good thing go­ing here.”

Dorch­ester County Child Care As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Dee Jack­son helped or­ga­nize the meet­ing.

“We want to thank po­lice for every­thing they do,” Jack­son said. “The law en­force­ment here are un­be­liev­able. They are won­der­ful. They do a great job. They al­ways lend an ear to help.

“We think it is im­por­tant to ed­u­ca­tion young chil­dren to un­der­stand law en­force­ment. It is im­por­tant for them to un­der­stand po­lice are here to help us.”

Hur­lock Po­lice Chief Les Hut­ton said work­ing with chil­dren is a very im­por­tant part of polic­ing.

“We al­ways en­joy work­ing with chil­dren,” he said. “It gives chil­dren a pos­i­tive im­age of po­lice in­stead of the neg­a­tive. No mat­ter how young they are, they still pick up what is go­ing on in the world. This is a good way to get that mes­sage across that we are their friends.

“It is just won­der­ful for the par­ents, chil­dren and day­care providers giv­ing us their sup­port. It is good for us. It makes us feel good that the kids want to come out and meet us. It high­lights our day.”

Cam­bridge Po­lice Lt. Justin Todd said law en­force­ment is a tough oc­cu­pa­tion, and ges­tures of sup­port from the com­mu­nity pro­vide a big boost in morale.

“In to­day’s time, it is so great to see,” he said. “It is great to get them here and be able to shake their hand and say ‘hello.’ They thank us, and we thank them for be­ing here. It is a pos­i­tive thing for the com­mu­nity.

“We live in an out­stand­ing com­mu­nity. We just want the en­tire com­mu­nity to know how much we ap­pre­ci­ate all of the sup­port and well wishes we re­ceive through­out the en­tire year.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Chil­dren from sev­eral Dorch­ester County day­care providers present ban­ners and signs of sup­port Fri­day, Aug. 12, to the Dorch­ester County Sheriff’s Of­fice, and Cam­bridge po­lice and Hur­lock po­lice de­part­ments for serv­ing the com­mu­nity.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Chil­dren from sev­eral Dorch­ester County day­care providers present ban­ners and signs of sup­port Fri­day, Aug. 12, to the Dorch­ester County Sheriff’s Of­fice, and Cam­bridge po­lice and Hur­lock po­lice de­part­ments for serv­ing the com­mu­nity.

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