Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Children Awarded by Galloway Police for their "Good Deed" and Honesty

Credit: The Press of Atlantic City
On May 31, 2014, Galloway Officers were contacted to respond to an area store parking lot where they were met by three small children ages 6, 9 and 13 along with their father. 

The three children located $180.00 in cash and immediately laughed with each other about things they would like to buy with the money. After speaking with their Dad they decided to contact the police and turn over the money in case someone had reported that they lost it. 

"I have been a police officer for 15-years and as soon as I read the Patrol officers report as the Property Supervisor, I immediately reached out to the father and thanked him for teaching his children to do the right thing" said Acting Captain Donna Higbee.

"I assured him that if no one called to report they had lost a large sum of money, that in 6 months (required by law) I would contact him and give the money back to the children" Higbee said.

In tough economic times and also trying to provide for the three children it would have been very easy for this man and his children to decide to keep the money as it was found and no one was around in the parking lot. Instead, he taught them to do the right thing. 

Now the six-months have lapsed and on Monday, November 24, 2014, Acting Police Captain Donna Higbee awarded each of the children with $100, a giant lollipop and some gift cards that were donated by Officers and an anonymous resident to show their appreciation. 

"I wanted to show them from a police perspective how doing the right thing rewards you in the end even though the immediate gratification of finding that sum of money may have seemed great" Acting Captain Donna Higbee said. 

"We as a Police Department have decided to choose this family as our “good deed” family because we appreciate their assistance in teaching their children to do the right thing; in doing so it helps the community and local law enforcement" Higbee said.

"I want to show the community that when you “do the right thing,” it is recognized and appreciated. It is nice to know that although we no longer have the Police Officers speaking in the schools and spending that instructional time with the children of the community outside normal patrol community policing, there are families that are assisting us in making the community a better place" Higbee said.


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