Lowell Police Officers Surprise Residents With Christmas Gifts
Cailyn Finkel 11/26/2018
Instead of writing tickets this Christmas season, the policemen and women of Lowell, Michigan are spreading cheer. They're foregoing expensive traffic tickets for minor violations and opting to do something a little different with the help of a local charitable organization.
Their idea is the perfect way to bring police officers and the communities they monitor together. We're just glad their incredible actions were caught on camera...
After hours of brainstorming, Officer Scot VanSolkema and his coworkers had the perfect plan: they were going to stop motorists for minor traffic infractions with the real intention of finding out their dream gifts. Then, they would deliver these presents weeks later, under the guise of yet another traffic stop.
VanSolkema and fellow officers gently coaxed Christmas list items from random motorists over the course of a few weeks. Detective Gordy Lauren told TODAY that even though some motorists were great about the question, others were quite rude:
"There were some people who were [asked], 'What do you want for Christmas?', and they would say, 'Go to hell.' We couldn't provide that for them, so, they had to be cut loose."
Fortunately, there were dozens of other happy drivers who were put on the department's "Nice List."
Rather than doling out traffic ticket after traffic ticket, the officers of the Lowell Police Department surprised residents with the most important things on their Christmas lists. Some people asked for toys for their children, others dreamt about big, flatscreen televisions. No matter the size, expense or how difficult it was to obtain, the officers delivered. To make things even better, not a single driver pulled over in their Santa scheme received a ticket.
VanSolkema told TODAY that his department's fun Christmas mission was to help improve community relations in Lowell:
"Police officers do a lot more than write tickets and take bad guys to jail. We're people, like everyone else."
At a time where our nation's relationship with the police force is strained, these incredible officers are spreading cheer. Unsurprisingly, the attitudes reflected from the motorists exhibit the same type of holiday happiness. Citizens loved seeing the officers step back from their serious duties to show a little love to the people they police.
From little childhood toys to big-ticket items, these officers are great at playing Santa! Hopefully, more police departments try Christmas missions like this in the future!