Police officers in South Bend, Indiana, have been delivering food and toys to needy families in the community, Fox News reports.
The South Bend Police Department partnered with the Salvation Army to deliver Christmas cheer this holiday season. Officers volunteered to distribute the boxes of holiday treats and toys at the local Salvation Army Kroc Center, according to Fox News.
Around 1,600 individuals paid the Kroc Center a visit during the event, Christine Karsten, the South Bend police department media liaison, told Fox News Wednesday. “The South Bend Police Department jumped at the chance to help connect with our community by spending the last two days handing out these boxes,” Karsten told Fox News.
“Our department really works hard to engage and serve our community all year long, especially during the holidays,” she added.
Karsten said the officers look forward every year for the annual philanthropic event. “It is a great way for them to interact with families, adults, kids, outside of routine police work and they really enjoy it,” she told Fox News.
The South Bend Police Department took to Twitter to share how their officers were helping the community.
Police officers around the nation have been stepping up to provide and protect their community as Christmas gets closer. Santa hat-wearing police officers in Orlando Florida delivered gifts to more than 200 children before Christmas, according to Fox News.
In Riverside, California, undercover cops dressed as Santa and his elves apprehended several suspects in an operation named “holiday enforcement.”
Video posted on YouTube by the Riverside Police Department shows a cop in elf attire holding a suspect at gunpoint while an officer dressed as Santa tackled and apprehended him. The group also apprehended suspects who have allegedly stolen thousands in merchandise.
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