Recently, police officers have been in the news far too often in negative situations, which can cause younger children to be wary and afraid of them.
On Oct. 31 during trick-or-treating, Officer McAtee and Sgt. Swank of Greensburg police were patrolling in the Northmont neighborhood. These officers made their presence a positive interaction with the children and parents by waving and talking to the children as they made their way through the neighborhood.
When my child returned home, I asked, “How was trick-or-treating?” My child responded, “Great!” and was excited to tell about how the policeman stopped his car and told children to come on over and trick-or-treat. And before they walked away, he told them to be careful on their way home and make sure to check their treats with their parents.
In a child’s eyes, this gesture was something special. In a parent’s eyes, this gesture was greatly appreciated. This interaction was a positive influence on the children and showed them that police officers are there to protect and watch out for them. “Thank you” to these officers and their service.