Troopers keep it cool with back to school initiative
In Kent County, Delaware Wednesday kids got to see a different side of law enforcement.
Some Delaware State Troopers decided to put a halt on enforcing the law and instead go out in local neighborhoods to have some fun.
Kids got the chance to see Delaware State Troopers in a completely different light. It's all a part of their campaign 'It's COOL To Go Back To School'.
DSP Capt. Joshua Bushweller tells 47 ABC, "This is an opportunity for us coming in as just normal human beings we live in these communities just like everybody else we're no different than they are, other than we wear this uniform and a badge. The communities we're going into traditional see us coming in and taking people away for various crimes that they've made."
With a focus on back to school fun, this trip was all about getting the kids excited about the upcoming school year.
"It's something they're not used to and hoping to start the school year off on a positive note and know if they see us that it's a positive thing," explains community outreach officer, Cpl. Heather Pepper.
But it wasn't just police, local community leaders also tagging along to show everyone law enforcement officer's don't need to be feared.
Pastor Jim Dorton at Three Stones Church says, "I thought maybe I could help the kids see that they're just like the rest of us and be friends but as you can see they didn't need any help with that. The kids love the troopers and what they're doing."
A visit that not only the kids enjoyed but the troopers too.
Cpl. Pepper adding, "It's a really positive experience and I know the kids really appreciate it because they get to see police in a different light."
There's also a statewide initiative out right now called 'Operation Troopers Have Your BACKpack'. State troopers are collecting school supplies for folks in the community. They tell us different schools and churches have kids in need of school supplies.
Plus, it's been quite the success. Just in Kent County alone, they've collected over 200 book bags. Police say they plan on giving them out in the next couple of days.