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A jolly day on the beat

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Ann Marie Ames
December 14, 2011

This is Dylan. He is writing his name in my notebook so I got the spelling correct. I thought that was very thoughtful.

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And this is Dylan and officer Benjamin Thompson. They were one of several pairs of officers and happy kids at Walmart this afternoon for the Janesville Police Department's annual Shop with a Cop event.

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It's not every day you see a dozen police officers in uniform pushing carts and trying to keep up with second-graders carrying gift cards. I think at this moment, Dylan is trying not to make an inappropriate face when officer Thompson suggested Dylan use the last 60 cents on his gift card to buy vegetables. Grown ups are hilarious.

I rode along with the department for a story I'm working on about the skill set required to be an officer. The ability to work well with kids and their families is towards the top of the list.



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