December 21, 2006
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially here in Charlottesville.
Charlottesville city police officers invited us to ride along with them on Thursday as they brought a bit of Christmas cheer to families in our area.
They passed out toys, candy and fruit to children in the city.
This not so secret Santa project was fully sponsored by the City Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit.
“You know there’s nothing better than seeing a child's face, with a glow, as they look into our police vehicle,” said Officer Joe Brown.
“Its all about helping the children that are less fortunate than we are. If we go into the neighborhood and cause a smile, then we've done a lot right there,” said Officer G.W. Mills.
But city police say this project does more than just put a smile on children’s faces, it works to build relationships in communities where crime in a big deal.
M.D. Fortune, a resident in one of the neighborhoods said, “I’m glad they’re doing something for the kids. Keep the kids out of trouble. Keep them off the streets, and keep them safe at home.”
“That positive relationship that we build with the children, there’s no money or value you could place on that,” said Brown.
Police say they have noticed a positive influence since they started this event four years ago.