Members of the Ludowici Police Department recently took part in the Long County Library’s Every Hero Has a Story reading program.
Taking part in the day were Chief Robert Poppell, Capt. Travis Thomas and Officer Sedric James. The audience at the library was diverse, with younger kids, teens and adults on hand.
Some of the topics covered by the officers included the dangers of abusing drugs, why drivers shouldn’t text and drive, why kids need to follow rules set by their parents or guardians and how not to be swayed into to doing bad things because of peer pressure. The officers also gave the younger kids coloring books and paper kits to make police cars.
Poppell also talked to the group about many people’s misconception of law-enforcement officers, stemming from several national incidents over the last year. He said that in spite of these few incidents, most police officers are good people who do a good job and care about their community.
Afterward, the group went outside, where the officers showed off their vehicles and equipment. The officers demonstrated how a radar gun is used to catch speeders and allowed each child to play with some equipment. The kids got a chance to use the public-address system, play with the lights and siren, sit in the back of the cars and put on a bulletproof vest.
“We were happy to be in attendance for this event, and I think all of the kids and adults had a good time,” Poppell said.