COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Cruisers belonging to the Collier County Sheriff's Office have more than just a radio and computer. There are also life saving tools inside just for your kids.
The agency has hundred of bicycle helmets and they're free. WINK News first spotted deputies handing them out at an annual 5K race and safety fair last month. But now, the Sheriff's Office is taking it a step further, randomly giving them out at any time to local children.
"We're trying to get face to face contact, because it's not only serving as a way to enhance their safety, but it's also giving us that face to face contact that's key in community policing efforts and engaging the community," said Lieutenant Rich Hampton.
On our ridealong Friday, at first some of the children we met were hesitant to talk to Deputies.
"At first I got scared, I don't know what's going on, and then afterward I saw the helmet, and I thought this is great."
"If you present yourself in a good way and try to show them the right things, they perceive us a little differently. They're actually happy, they want to call you, they're not afraid of you," said Corporal JC Morlaes.
And that's when you see the smiles and hear the "Thank you's."
For more information about the program and to find out how to get a helmet, contact the Collier County Sheriff's Office at 239.252.0144