'Pops with Cops'

'Pops with Cops'
Posted on 07/21/2021
'Pops with Cops'

Nacogdoches ISD Officer Carolyn Collier was looking for a way to interact with NISD’s youngest students. That’s where the idea of “Pops with Cops” came from, she said Tuesday while handing out frozen treats to students attending summer classes at Raguet Elementary.

“I had been thinking of ways to begin to bridge that gap between children and police officers,” Collier said. She and other members of the Nacogdoches ISD police force were on hand, visiting with students who raced to the line for popsicles.

Students began visiting the playground at Raguet beginning around 11 a.m. Tuesday, and while it was a typically warm and humid East Texas morning, shade and a bit of a breeze could be found underneath the large oak tree that dominates one corner of the playground.

Tuesday was a bit of a trial run for the police department’s efforts, Collier said. More chances to interact with students will take place, possibly during back-to-school events that will soon be taking place across the district ahead of the Aug. 23 start of classes.

“This lets students know we’re here to help,” said NISD Police Chief Sandra Murray, who was applying police badge stickers to students lined up waiting for a cold popsicle.

Collier, who oversees the district police department’s coverage of six elementary schools, said Tuesday’s event is one more way of connecting with children attending NISD.

“Sometimes, when working with these youngest students, you just have to run out on the playground and swing in the swings,” she said.

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