APPLETON, Wis. WFRV – The Appleton Police Department welcomes some of the youth’s best friends to join the force.
Sgt Matthew Peeters says the department’s toy ride-along program allows children’s toys to experience what they can’t.
“They don’t have the opportunity to ride along with us on a normal basis because they’re not old enough to ride along as adults can, so this is a way of almost sending a little piece of them with us and a way to connect with us,” explained Peeters.
On average, Lieutenant Meghan Cash says the department receives more than 50 toys for the ride.
“It’s something now that I don’t think we can ever stop doing, and it’s just such an exciting program for us to be able to be a part of, and it’s a great way for us to connect with not only our community but other departments within the city as well,” stated Cash.
Peeters says he hopes to inspire the youth through the love of toys.
“You know, I think it gives them some enjoyment to know that their toy was out on an adventure, and we just want to make sure that they have a good time,” said Peeters.
Kids receive pictures of their toys to keep up with them on their adventures. Applications for the toy ride-along open at the beginning of every year.