Jonesboro officers help kids beat the heat

Jonesboro officers help kids beat the heat
Jonesboro Police Officers help Region 8 kids beat the summer heat. (Source: Jonesboro Police Department via Facebook)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) -Officers are protecting and serving the community in a whole new way. . .with “copsicles.”

Jonesboro police are handing out popsicles to children as they patrol the streets.

Sally Smith, public information specialist for the police department, said this project is two-fold.

“It’s getting officers out in the community meeting our kids and their parents,” Smith said. “It’s familiarizing our children with law enforcement. And making sure our kids stay safe and are hydrated when they play in the hot temperatures.”

Jonesboro Police Officer Rachel Griffin hands out popsicles to kids.
Jonesboro Police Officer Rachel Griffin hands out popsicles to kids. (Source: Jonesboro Police Department via Facebook)

Smith said first- and second-shift officers take turns handing them out on nice, sunny days.

Their goal is to hit different areas of town to reach more children.

The response has been a positive one for both community members and officers.

“Officers are getting even more rewards out of it than the kids because they’re having so much fun,” Smith said. “We’re getting more and more officers every day sign up saying they want to do it, too.”

Jonesboro Police Officer Andy Starns helps young lady get her popsicle open.
Jonesboro Police Officer Andy Starns helps young lady get her popsicle open. (Source: Jonesboro Police Department via Facebook)

They plan to try and hand out the popsicles all summer long.

If you want to help, just drop off your donations of flavored ice pops at the police department, 1001 S. Caraway Rd. For more information, call 870-935-5553.

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