Tupelo Police officers chip in to buy backpacks for kids

TUPELO – Tupelo Police officers and other department personnel purchased and donated backpacks for school children.
More than 50 backpacks were bought and given away Friday at police headquarters on Front Street. Police Chief Tony Carleton said because his officers are out with the public every day, they see needs in the community. He said the officers interact with children a lot and thought helping them with school supplies would be a good idea.
“Our officers just wanted to help the families in the city,” said Carleton. “They often know what people want and need before anyone else and they thought book bags would fulfill a need, especially during this time of financial difficulties for the whole country. We feel like the more we can help to lighten the financial load for the people of our city, the better they can use their time to think about education.”
The backpacks came in all shapes, sizes and colors.
Only a few people showed up at the giveaway, but the backpacks did not go to waste. The remaining bags were given to various organizations to be distributed to children.
Sgt. Katarsha White was one of the officers who helped spearhead the event. White, who is also the Community Oriented Policing coordinator, said giving back to the community is a big part of being a police officer.
“We as policemen are a part of this community just like every other citizen,” said White. “We have children who go to school and we know how hard it’s been for some people with the bad economy. We just wanted to give back to our community and this allowed us to do just that.”
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