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P1 First Person: A police sticker for a kid

By Tom Wetzel
PoliceOne Member 

Police officers have a lot of opportunities to interact with kids during a tour of duty. Some of these contacts may initially involve a negative environment such as a domestic violence call where children are under stress. But our actions, however slight or simple, during those incidents and other personal interactions can form opinions about us for these little ones that go well into adulthood. We certainly want those perspectives to be positive. Understanding this better should help influence an agency’s community policing strategies to include how to best connect with young people. Developing their trust and support early is important.

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