Police Chief's Corner - Newsletter December 2019

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Bunnell Police Department.

Shop With a Cop December 13th

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On December 13th, members of the Bunnell Police Department will be participating in the Shop With a Cop. The picture to the right shows Officer Bagwell with one of our young shoppers from a prior year.

The purpose of the Shop with a Cop program is to foster positive relationships between youth and officers. Young kids, ages 5 through 10 are selected each year during the end-of-the-year holiday season to shop at one of the local area stores to purchase gifts. The children are selected with input from school counselors, the school resource deputy and our local police officers.

Each child is given an amount of money to spend, normally $100 - $150 depending on the size of the child's immediate family. Approximately 1-2 children are assigned to each police officer, who then escorts them around the store and assists in selecting appropriate gifts.

Bunnell Police Chief's Burglar Box Depot

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Avoid telegraphing your Christmas gift purchases to the "Grinch who stole Christmas!" Placing your gift boxes in front of your house may be sending an unintentional yet unwanted signal to a would-be thief. It may just tell them the very item they are shopping for is inside your home.

Stay safe throughout the holidays by recycling your empty gift boxes. Please break them down and drop them off at the Police Chief’s Burglar Box Depot. The recycle bins are located on S. Pine St behind the Coquina City Hall. They will be in place from December 4, 2019 through January 6, 2020. Protect your home and your new treasures, by utilizing this free service.

Chief Tom Foster and all the members of the Bunnell Police Department wish you a Merry Christmas and urge you to stay safe throughout the holidays.

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