Letter: North Adams police reach out to kids

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North Adams police reach out to kids

To the editor:

In a time when crime appears to be at the forefront of our news nationwide, an overwhelming number of North Adams police officers have become immersed in working with children in North Adams. As of late more and more officer/children interactions surface usually going unnoticed.

For several years these officers have volunteered their time with my forensics after school program. Officers are now infiltrating neighborhoods playing ball with kids or merely chatting with them.

This past Halloween, officers were spotted in neighborhoods visiting and handing out candy to eager trick-or-treaters, much to the excitement of the children. In my neighborhood, ghosts and goblins flocked to Officer Nicholas Kaiser for some candy and a high five.

If you were roaming the downtown area on any given weekend you would see officers and Sullivan School sixth and seventh graders "Running With The Law." A program developed by Officer David Lemieux and with tremendous support from Mayor Alcombright, Police Director Michael Cozzaglio and School Superintendent James Montepare, this program has unfolded and is running on all cylinders with Sargent Jason Wood, Officers David Lemieux, Anthony Beverley, Ben Austin, Kyle Cahoon, and Dave Sherman participating.

I tip my hat to all the members of the North Adams Police Department for their continued commitment to the children of the city of North Adams.

James Holmes North Adams


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