America is having a rough time with our police force. There are real and pressing issues of abuse of power that are being addressed, as the public makes sure the police force are using their power responsibly and for the right reasons. Aside from the negative, there are also moments of goodness, kindness, and compassion by police officers that are important to acknowledge and celebrate: that’s what we are doing here! From dancing in the street to providing a few groceries, these police officers are doing their job with heart.
The Community Who Loves Their Officer
Rapper The Game’s son started a GoFundMe for this wonderful police officer who is regularly posting his interactions on Instagram with the black community where he works. Officer Tommy Norman is in Little Rock, Arkansas, and clearly loves his job and loves people. He posts images of himself speaking with and hanging out with members of the communities where he patrols, and his snaps and images of his daily life are so full of heart and connection that his Instagram has just under one million followers! Officer Tommy Norman is dancing with people, making jokes, discussing the merits of Pop Tarts, and in general making the world a better place.
Officer Makes Sure Everyone Gets Home Safe
UK resident Lawrence Court was out getting drunk at night with friends in the center of the city, when one person in the group was refused entry to a nightclub. Stumbling home and getting lost, he was spotted by a police officer who stopped to help him out. The police officer then took the young man’s phone and texted his friends “Hello, it’s the police on Cameron’s phone. He is very drunk and we are dropping him home. He does not know what number Woodville Road he lives on.” At first, the teens didn’t believe the officer, and thought it was a joke. After the officer sent them a photo of himself snapped on the phone, they believed him, and sent the address. One of the group posted the screenshots of the chat to Twitter, where it went viral.
Rescued From Near Death
Spokane Police Officer Tim Schwering made it in People magazine when he rescued a woman, Kim Novack, from her burning and smoke-filled vehicle. Novak’s 2012 Chevy Malibu hit a patch of ice in the road and the engine and lights suddenly shut off. When she couldn’t start her car, she tried to get out but the electrical system in the car failed, and so she couldn’t open the power locks. She was stuck in the car, which started to burn and fill with smoke.
That’s when Officer Schwering showed up. He bravely approached the burning car and began hammering on the passenger side window. He finally was able to smash it open, and pulled Novack out of the car, saving her life. “He’s an amazing individual,” says a woman who works with Schwering. “He is a gentleman and a family man. He’s truly a hero. Everyone who has ever worked with him was not surprised when we heard what he did.”
Troopers Go Through Snow and Storm
Kentucky State Police officers Chris Martin and Laney Hall picked up a medication in Louisville for ill bone marrow transplant patients, ensuring it got to the patients on time during a weekend’s snow. Couriers could not get through, and without the efforts of the two Troopers, who volunteered to help, the patients would have have been without their very important medicine. UK Healthcare wrote, “These guys are heroes every single day, and they certainly made a difference in these patients’ lives. We just can’t thank them enough.” This job wasn’t technically theirs to do, but the Troopers did it because it was the right thing to do.
Something Nice, Once a Year
Illinois police officer Patrick Moody had decided he wanted to do something nice for a complete stranger once a year when he came on the car accident that ruined single mother Danielle Robinson’s car. She only had liability insurance and no proof that the other car was at fault, and this was her only car. As Moody drove her home, a plan formed in his mind. He contacted a friend who owned a used car lot, and they agreed to split the cost of a used car for Robinson. He tricked Robinson into thinking there was paperwork she needed to sign at the police station, and when she arrived, instead there was a 2001 Chevrolet Lumina waiting for her. “You would have thought she won a brand new $50,000 car,” Moody said of her reaction.
Helping A Young Man Get To Work
Jourdan Duncan is 18 and works the graveyard shift seven miles from his home, packing boxes at a nutritional supplement company in the Northern California city of Benicia. After his car broke down, it took him almost two hours to get to work and back. He didn’t want to bother others asking for a ride. One night while walking home, Duncan was spotted by Police Officer Keffer, who pulled over to question Duncan. When Duncan explained his situation, Keffer gave him a ride home. Officer Keffer immediately wanted to help this ambitious young man who wanted to become a police officer himself one day. After a unanimous vote from his police association to raise the money, Keffer headed to a local bike shop and picked out a $500 mountain bike that “needed to attack the hills.” Now there is also a GoFundMe for Duncan’s college education!
The Po-Po Help With Prom
Darius was a student in his senior year at Lakeland Senior High School and looking forward to his prom, but he wasn’t sure exactly what he would wear or how he’d work out transportation.
School Resource Officer Dagon Leach knew Darius from the school campus where they occasionally chatted. When Darius mentioned to Officer Leach that he didn’t have a ride to prom, the officer said “I would be happy to take you.” As Officer Leach has a Nissan GT-R, this sounded pretty good to Darius! The officer and faculty also chipped in for Darius to have a great tux. “He is one of the most kind-hearted students I’ve ever met,” said Leach. “He is loved by everyone on campus and I was honored to drive him to the prom. Every kid should have the opportunity to attend their big night.”
The Walk Home
81-year-old Roberta lives with her daughter, and every morning Roberta takes a jaunt down her driveway and back to her home in Charles County, Maryland. Roberta’s daughter was alarmed when her mom didn’t come back from her walk one day. She called 911 and Officer Morrison went on his way to find Roberta. About an hour later, he found her, and instead of telling her about the 911 call, he simply offered to escort her back to her home. They walked hand in hand in a sweet photo captured above. Officers P. DeBoe, C. Caywood, B. Morrison, Sgt. C. Black, and Cpl. C. Clevenger and his K9 partner were all involved in the successful search to find Roberta and walk her home.
A Happy Birthday Surprise
Tyler Reseigh wanted only one thing for his birthday on July 30th, and that was a visit from a police officer. The little boy who has cerebral palsy is obsessed with cops and loves playing police. Tyler didn’t know the police were coming to his party, and was happily playing with his friends when they surprised him. Babble wrote, “Tyler just let out this loud noise,” Reseigh laughs. “The loudest yell in joy. He was so happy. He has a walker, but he will sometimes scoot around the house because it’s easier, and when they got there, he forgot all about that walker and just scooted right out the door.” Tyler told the police officers later that they were his best friends.
Saved From Attack
Dennis Ow had a heart attack in the middle of a training run when police officers and first responders ran to his aid and performed CPR, saving his life. Ow later tracked down the people who helped save him, and sent them a mailed invite to a banquet in their honor. Once they attended, each police officer was given a plaque dedicated to them. Chief Ken Cusano said, ““For somebody to go through the trouble that he went through, to thank us for doing our job, it’s inspiring. He really is a great person,” said Cusano. Dennis Ow is just grateful to be alive, saying his chances of surviving were only 2 or 3 percent. He has since run in other marathons and wants the take away from this to be: learn CPR.
Helping A Family Move
A Durham Regional Police officer in Oshawa, Toronto was ripped off badly by a moving company who verbally agreed to move the family for $50 an hour, but then charged them $1500, a substantial amount more. The moving company also held the family’s belongings in the truck once they reached the location and refused to unload until they received even more money. The family called the police and although there was nothing the police could do at the moment (it was a civil matter, not a criminal one) Officer Campbell decided to help in the way that he could: he helped them move. Loading the furniture into the house was was the kind gesture this officer did for the frustrated family, who said, “It was difficult until he came, and then we just kind of felt, ‘Okay, there is still some good out there.'”
Portland Police Deliver Pizza
In Portland, Oregon a Pizza Hut delivery driver was in a car crash, and his injuries sent him to the hospital. The police officers who responded to the crash decided to finish his deliveries for him, and took the list and the pizzas and hand delivered the pizzas! Steve Huckins and his wife were shocked to open their door and find two of Portland’s finest standing there with their undelivered pizza on hand! “They turn around to leave, and I said, ‘whoa, whoa, whoa – I got to get a picture of this. No one is going to believe Portland police delivering a pizza.’ So that’s the picture everyone saw,” Huckins said.
Officer Nick Struck was handed a crying and gasoline soaked two-year-old girl the same age as his own daughter, after arriving to the scene of a deadly car crash in Brighton, Colorado. A white SUV was turned upside down and the little girl’s father was lying dead, while her mother and siblings were all seriously injured and being given on site treatment by paramedics removing them from the car. The photographer, Jessica Doug Matrious, had witnessed the crash and was standing by when she took the photo of the officer and the little girl. Officer Struck had wanted to comfort the toddler, so he began singing ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ to her, and she calmed down. Officer Struck was a comfort at the worst moment of this little girl’s life.
Lost in a Crowd
In Louisiana Officer David Taylor had his photo taken unknowingly as he carried around a child who had become separated from his family and was crying and scared. Officer David Taylor scooped up the little boy and let him ride on his shoulders until he became too tired, after which the officer held the little guy until he fell asleep in his arms. Taylor ended up holding the boy for about a half hour, until the four year old could be reunited with his worried mom. Officer Taylor says he was just doing his job, and we are glad to see that this is what he considers his job to be: the safety and comfort of the people he works for.
Comforted by an Officer
Officer James Hurst took a 16-month-old child to a hospital in Georgia after the toddler was found outside alone. Officer Hurst decided to stay when he saw how much distress the child was in. Having been found wandering alone, the toddler had to have an examination, and was crying and scared. Officer Hurst took the child in his arms and laid on the hospital bed so the toddler could be comforted.
This officer and father takes his dedication to the community seriously. “This job is so much more than just chasing the bad guys. It is about serving the citizens of the communities that you work in and doing what they need you to do.”
At the end of his rope
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Officer Tim Purdy was dispatched to address an 18-year-old autistic young man who had left his school grounds and was possibly suicidal. The officer spent almost a half-hour chatting with the young man, even getting him to laugh. Rob Tufano, a spokesperson for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said, ” “He even got him laughing, and got him back with his mom and with school officials.” When the photo above was shared, it received more than 640,000 likes and over 250,000 shares, with the public expressing happiness overseeing an officer take time to care.
A Place to lay his Head
In Sumter, South Carolina, police officer Gaetano Acerra responded to a call made by Cameron Simmons, thirteen years old, who told the officer he didn’t want to live at home anymore. After learning that the young man slept on an air mattress that deflated as he slept, and had back pain as a result, Simmons wanted to do something. And he did. He returned a week later with a bed, a desk, a chair, and a television. A person who heard the story donated a game system for the teen also. Young Simmons wrote a sweet thank you note to Officer Acerra, saying “Thank you for helping. You did a great job helping people. You are brave.”
When the photos of a Danish officer and young Syrian girl were originally posted on Reddit, the poster titled them “Danish Police Officer Has Had Enough of Syrian Girl Who Crossed the Border Illegally.” The joke is bittersweet and shows how kind and lovely the young officer is being to the young girl, playing various games with her and entertaining her as she waits for her parents. The officer declined to be named although the media was able to track him down. Commissioner Knut Reinhold said “We have to deal with children who have experienced a lot of things and who have traveled far, so if we can make life a little easier for them, as in the pictures, then it’s worth it. It does not cost anything.”
Delivering Christmas Cheer
In North Carolina, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers from the Hickory Grove Division deliver presents at Christmas. It’s called Toys for the CMPD Explorers Christmas Project, and police officers both donate and deliver toys to families that can’t afford them at Christmas time. Almost 2,000 families benefit from this generous program. Sgt. Chris Copp said to the NC Charlotte Observer, “We don’t want a child’s first experience with a police officer to be when they are in trouble. We want to get rid of that stigma, and we want them to feel comfortable and safe coming up to a police officer,” he said. “It’s events like this that let us go into homes, where kids can see police officers are regular human beings, just trying to do kind things.”
Officer William Stacy caught mother Helen Johnson stealing eggs from a store, but instead of arresting or charging her, he and colleagues brought two truckloads of food to the woman’s home in Alabama. Johnson spends her tiny welfare check to feed her grandchildren every week and one week it did not come. The family went two days without eating before Johnson went to the store and stole eggs by placing them in her pocket. When this happened, she cried and admitted to the owner what she had done. Instead of arresting her, Stacy bought the eggs, and then came back later with truckloads of food and toys for the children. “I didn’t want to pass judgment on her,” Officer Stacy said.
He Paid For This Traveling Family’s Hotel
Robert Wood and his family were in the process of moving back to Oregon from Alaska. Tired from spending days on the road with two young children, Robert and his wife pulled off the interstate to catch some sleep in their car that they parked in a city park. Money was tight for the family, who couldn’t afford to put themselves up in a hotel for the night, so they snuggled in and tried to rest up. That’s when police lieutenant David Natt spotted the car and told Robert he would need to move. But while talking to Robert, he noticed the parents two young boys asleep in their laps. Instead of writing them a ticket for trespassing, Natt put them up in a cozy motel for the night and paid for the room himself.
This Police Officer Pulled People Over And Gave Them Gift Cards
No one wants to be pulled over for a cop. Now imagine you’re pulled over by a cop but instead of being issued a ticket you’re given a gift card. Sounds pretty awesome, right? That’s exactly what one police officer did. After serving 14 years on the same patrol route, the time had come for Commander Brian Peters to retire. He wanted to do something special one his last route so he sought out citizens who could use the extra cash for groceries, bills and the like. Peters gave out the equivalent of his last paycheck, saying, “The citizens and city have been wonderful to me. I am very blessed, so it feels good to give back.”
This Police Officer Made An Autistic Boy’s Dream Come True
Brock was diagnosed with Autism-SPD-impulsivity control issues in 2014, which leaves him with severe anxiety and makes it hard for him to communicate with others. After a hard year at school, Brock was feeling exhausted and angry until one police officer changed everything. Brock’s mother took him to the Osceola Police Station where one of the officers took him around the station while she took care of a parking ticket. The police officer took the time to answer all of Brock’s questions like, “Why do cops have refrigerators?” When the pair left, Brock told his mom the police officer was his hero and decided he wants to be an officer when he grows up. That wasn’t all though…
Realizing His Dreams
Three weeks later a police officer was responding to a call in Brock’s neighborhood. The little boy waited patiently for the officer to finish his duties and then shyly approached him. He worked up the courage to ask if he could get a picture with him and Officer Morgel. Officer Morgel happily agreed and Brock even got to meet him K9 Officer, Rico. Now, Brock hangs the photo of the pair proudly on his wall. Sometimes it’s the smallest acts of kindness that have the most impact.
They Offered A Helping Hand
After spotting a wheelchair-bound man struggling while trying to mow his lawn, police officers John Khillah and Joe Hutson knew they needed to step in. The pair picked up a mower, a weed trimmer and leaf blower from the Kalamazoo Public Safety station and got to work. It didn’t take long or locals to notice the good deed but the officers didn’t want any praise because they were just doing what’s right. “I saw an opportunity to help him, so I got out, got his lawnmower working and finished up his lawn for him,” Hutson told Fox News.
Gabrielle Sold Lemonade In Hopes Of Buying An iPad
Nine-year-old Gabrielle Garcar wanted an iPad more than anything but knew that the piece of tech was far too expensive for her family who was struggling financially. Gabrielle knew she needed to save up the money for the iPad if she really wanted it, but since she wasn’t old enough to get an actual job, she had to get creative. Gabrielle set up a lemonade stand out of her grandmother’s Ohio condo hoping to raise enough money over time. She worked hard to serve up lemonade, but at just 50 cents a cup, her efforts felt useless — that is until she met one generous police officer. She what happened next.
Deputy Zak Ropos Wanted To Help
Sheriff’s Deputy Zak Ropos was one of Gabrielle’s customers. When he bought a glass of lemonade, he asked the little girl what she wanted to buy with her earnings. When she told him she really wanted an iPad to help her with school work he knew he wanted to help. He pulled Gabrielle’s mother aside and told her he had an old iPad at home. He wasn’t sure if it still worked but he told her he would check. Unfortunately, the iPad was no longer usable. The story doesn’t end there though.
Her Gifted Her With a Brand New iPad
Zak Ropos old iPad was completely unusable but he knew he had to do something to help Gabrielle out. Instead of calling it a day, he went to the store and purchased the little girl a brand new iPad. “She’s 9 years old and she’s willing to work for what she wants, and I found that very admirable of her,” Ropos told TODAY.com. “I knew her lemonade stand wasn’t probably going to bring in enough money for a tablet.”
He Made Their Day
Many little kids get excited whenever they see a police officer — which was the case for the little kids at Amber Watt’s Gigglez and Grinz Daycare in Murrayville. The toddlers love to say hi to the passing police officers and especially love whenever they wave back at them. So you can only imagine how excited they all were when one police officer got out of his squad car and sat down on the ground and talked with all of them. “This will be a forever memory for these kids, and something I’m sure they will brag about forever. It was the day they had circle time on the sidewalk with a hero,” Watt wrote in a letter to the Langley Times.
These Chicago Cops Are Helping At-Risk Kids
Chicago is known for being a city with some of the roughest neighborhoods around, but a group of do-good police officers are trying to change that. In one of those neighbors — Englewood — a group of police officers traded in their guns and batons for baseball bats and balls all for a good cause. Police officer Angela Wormley, as well as her colleagues, have made efforts to reach at-risk kids through community baseball leagues. Learn more about this program next.
They Created A Community Baseball League For Youths
Police officer Angela Wormley and her colleagues stepped up to the plate to coach boys and girl in the Englewood Police Youth Baseball League. They specifically created this program with the hopes that it would help kids between the ages of nine and 12 stay out of trouble and learn that they can trust the police. “Showing them that police are human, that we’re their friend, that they are safe around us – that’s an extension of being a police officer,” Wormley told NBC News.
More Than 100 Girls And Boys Have Signed Up
Since the police officers started the Englewood Police Youth Baseball League more than 100 boys and girls have signed up to participate. The league is now working with similar organizations such as Teamwork Englewood and Get In Chicago to help eliminate juvenile violence. “The purpose of this program is to promote unification and trustworthiness, to establish and build relationships between the youth and the police of this community.”
Some Would Have Just Given This Mom A Citation
When police officers Jason Pavlige and James Hodges were notified that a woman was parked at a local fast food restaurant while holding a baby in her lap, they immediately went to the scene. They thought they were going to have to issue the mom a citation for having her child improperly fastened in the car, but things quickly changed. The officers spent a few minutes with the mother and decided they needed to help, rather than simply write her a citation. See what they did next.
The Officers Donated a Brand New Car Seat
Officers Jason Pavlige and James Hodges soon discovered that the woman and her husband had fallen on hard times. They had just relocated to the small town of Fruitport and didn’t have the financial means to purchase a car seat. And without any friends or family in the area, the mother had no other choice but to drive with her young child. To ensure the 10-month-old was safe, the officer purchased the family a brand new car seat and gave them detailed instructions on how to use it. “The father was, I think, almost in shock,” Hodges, 26, an almost two-year veteran of the force, told ABC News.
He Bought A Man New Bicycle Tires
Jacksonville police officer Terrance Hightower was patrolling a neighborhood when he spotted a man who was riding his bike along the street. The man’s bike appeared to have only one tire in the front, while the back tire had been completely stripped away. Officer Hightower knew he needed to help the man who was clearly struggling just trying to get to and from work safely. Office Hightower went to the store and purchased two bicycle towers and delivered them to the man’s home.
He Helped A Single Dad Buy Baby Formula
When Justin Roby responded to a routine call for shoplifting, he thought his day would unfold as it normally does. But instead of making an arrest, he helped out a struggling single dad and his baby. The man was accused of taking just one thing from the store — baby formula — which he desperately needed to feed his six-month-old son. Due to the sensitive nature of the situation, the store didn’t want to press charges and Officer Roby personally bought the man baby formula. “Me citing him for court wouldn’t have done any good for him,” Roby told WKYT, explaining what he did next. “He’s already short on money, can’t afford formula, so me making him appear in court, he’s still not going to have any food for that baby.
He Fixed A Kid’s Bike
Officer Michael Castillo was patrolling his normal route when he got a call that there was a fight that needed to be broken up. When Castillo got to the scene, he realized the boys were simply a group of friend roughhousing — but he did notice one of their bikes was in poor shape. Instead of carrying on, Castillo parked his car and helped fix the youngsters bike. “It feels great, it really does,” Castillo told WTNH. “There’s so much negativity in police work everywhere. Just to get this one thing — it’s so small, I was just helping a kid out — but it’s big to everyone else, and I think this shows a positive outlook on police work.”
These Cops Wanted To Send A Good Message
A group of police officers shared a memorable dining experience at a Homestead, Pennsylvania diner. The group noticed that a couple did not want to be sat next to the group of officers at the diner and asked to be sat somewhere else. Since tensions have run high nationally after a slew of high-profile police shootings, these cops wanted to make a statement that not all cops are bad people. Find out what they did next.
They Paid The Couple’s Bill
Instead of getting angry at the couple’s decision to sit elsewhere, they wanted to send a good message. The officers ended up paying for the couple’s meal and left a big tip for the waiter. “Essentially the whole goal of it was to let him know that we’re not here to hurt you,” officer Chuck Thomas said. “We’re here for you. We work for the public. And we just want to better the relationship between the community and the police.”
This Officer Shows How Cops Should Treat The Homeless
Officer Steve Wick isn’t just a Hoston police officer — he’s an advocate for the homeless. He doesn’t just patrol the people on the streets, he befriends them.
“All these folks in the street are not bad,” Wick said in a video by Nationswell, “These are people that need somebody to talk to, somebody that cares about them, become their advocate and help them get off the street.” In an effort to help, Wick partners with dozens of local organizations to provide a host of services, from housing and healthcare to ID card and job opportunities. In the heartwarming photo above, Wick can be seen washing a blind homeless man’s feet.