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Troy police and Pawfficer Donut promote ‘pawsitivity’

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published July 1, 2019

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TROY — The Troy Police Department Positivity Patrol will be out in force, giving kids glow-in-the-dark footballs, bracelets and soccer balls, and an array of other items.

Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said the purpose of the program is to encourage kids to get outside and engaged in the community — and get to know their local police officers.

Police will also give safety tips, and they may take a moment to toss a football around.

“Our mission is to work with our community to keep Troy a great place to live,” Chief Frank Nastasi said in a prepared statement. “We want all of our residents, including kids, to know that we are here to help them and that they are an important part of the community.”

Troy kids can be a part of the program by talking with officers on patrol in their neighborhood or by doing a positive deed that benefits the community. Any child who does a positive deed, such as cleaning up trash or helping a neighbor, can stop by the Police Department front desk and pick up a prize, Lehman said.

Troy police will also visit youth programs — including the Troy Community Coalition summer camp and the Troy Recreation Department safety town — to talk to kids about safety and give kids the chance to meet local police officers.

The “10 Days of Pawsitivity” started July 1 with the Police Department featuring Pawfficer Donut on the department’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

The Troy Police Department is active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Last year, police said they would add the Feline Unit if 10,000 people followed them on Twitter  — and they hit that number.

After the first feline chosen for the job couldn’t fulfill her duties due to health reasons, Pawfficer Donut was selected.

The Troy Police Department is located at 500 W. Big Beaver Road.