South Roxana police officer Lee Brousseau is overseeing the project to provide toys and clothes to children who visit the police department.
SOUTH ROXANA – The South Roxana Dollar General store and the South Roxana Police Department teamed up to provide toys to children of South Roxana.
Dollar General donated toys and clothes to help with a community project started by Police Chief Bob Coles. In a press release Wednesday, Coles said children often are the innocent victims when it comes to domestic disturbances with their parents, poor living conditions, orders of protections, and child custody visitation arrangements.
“The idea about the donations is to give back to the kids and let them know the police officers are their friends,” Coles said. “A lot of times when officers eat out in public, the officer hears the parents tell their children if you don’t behave that cop will arrest you. Even though the comments are made in a comical manner, it is those stereotypes we are trying to steer away from.
“The program is something the police department copied from the dentist office. I remember dreading going to the dentist, but when the visit was over you got to pick out a toy from a box and the visit was not so bad after all. So when our officers deal with a situation whether directly or indirectly involving a child, the kid will be allowed to walk back, find a toy they like, and take it home.
Coles put officer Lee Brousseau in charge of the project.
“We believe these small things will not resolve the issue, but at least we can try to bring a little joy to the child when dealing with the police,” Coles said.