Police department finds a way to interact with kids in the summer

Paragould officers work to interact with kids

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The Paragould Police Department is finding a way to interact with children throughout the summer.

The department is teaming up with Pay it Forward Paragould to pass out snacks and drinks to kids.

"We will gather some donations as far as juice boxes, snacks, toys or anything we can give out to the community and kids while they are playing," Corporal Thon Beesley said.

Beesley is a part of the DARE program in Paragould, and he said this program will help relations with kids and the police during the summer.

"It is going to help connect local law enforcement to the community," Beesley said. "A lot of the time, the kids do not see the patrol officers that much. They see the DARE officer in their schools, but they are not able to interact with a lot of our patrol officers and usually when they do it is not a good thing because they are there for a reason. So, this is a way not only the DARE officers, but some of our patrol officers were able to interact in a positive way in the community with the kids."

Beesley said summer is a good time to start a program like this since the kids are out playing.

"Summertime is when school is out so kids will be out playing and playing sports and being active in the community," Beesley said. "So this is the perfect time for us to get outside of the school structure and visit with them and pass out some items."

He said it would be a good way to develop communications with law enforcement and kids outside of the typical school structure.

"They see a lot of DARE officers in the school, in a structured environment but a lot of times they don't interact with us outside of that so this will be a good program we can do in the summer and hopefully do yearly," Beesley said.

Beesley said the details of the plan were being worked out now.

The department and Pay it Forward Paragould will determine specific drop-off places for things like juice boxes, water, snacks and even toys.

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