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Law enforcement officers receive ‘sweet’ thanks

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Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune

A community service project is showing support for law enforcement in a sweet way.

The idea for a treat bag distribution was started by Haley Thomas, a senior at Haughton High School. She wanted to do something special for law enforcement, so she organized an effort to unify the community through love and support for law enforcement.

Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune
Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune

“I was coming home one day,” Thomas explained, “and I saw a group of police officers. I was able to grab some candy [to give them], and I was able to speak with the officers and pray with them. Mom took it to Facebook. People just grabbed ahold of it, and it’s just grown so much.”

Simply titled “Prayers And Support For Local Law Officers,” the program is a way to let officers and deputies know the community has their backs. Each bag is filled with pre-packaged snacks, bottled water, a sports drink, gum, candy and a laminated Bible scripture of protection and safety. There are also hand written notes of encouragement and thanks in each one.

Last week, the treat bags were distributed at the Bossier Sheriff’s Office Viking Drive substation.  Helping Thomas distribute the bags were students from Princeton Elementary School: Malachi Hickey, Abbie Hooper, Kevin Baker, Katelyn Baker, Shelby Haley, Chloe Stanfield, Sara Garcia, Brooklyn Morris, Taylor Bourn, Cameron Nevels, Jesseca Patton, Meredith Darby, Jordyn Stuessy, and Sophia Frisk.

Bossier Sheriff’s Patrol Capt. Corky Bridges said, “We’re fortunate here in Bossier to have a community that supports us. Gestures of appreciation like this really hit home with us.”

Having gathered bags initially for the Haughton Police Department and now the Bossier Sheriff’s Department, Thomas hopes this this effort will grow so they might also serve the Bossier City Police, Benton Police, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Department, Shreveport Police and outlying communities.

“This was something placed on my heart and I thank the Lord that it happened,” Thomas said. “My heart is completely overjoyed. They do so much for us and we want people to support our officers.”

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said, “It really touches our hearts to see such an outpouring of appreciation from the residents of our parish, especially in times like this, when relations in some areas have become strained, sometimes to the breaking point. We’ll show our gratitude by continuing to work as hard as we can to keep Bossier safe.”