Northampton Police Are Replacing High 5 Friday With Cop Trading Cards Which Is The Dumbest, Most Pointless Initiative Of All Time
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On Tuesday, Police Chief Jody Kasper announced a new trading card initiative designed to strengthen ties between officers and children in the community. Other police departments in the area have produced similar cards in the past, including Easthampton and Greenfield. “Participating officers will be carrying their own personal trading cards with them as they work,” Kasper wrote in a statement. She added that each card has a photo of the officer and a biography on the back. Cards are numbered, so that kids will know how many more they need to complete their collection, Kasper said. Prizes will be available for kids who collect a “certain number of cards.” “It is important that children only approach officers when they are not actively involved in a police call, such as a car stop, interviewing witnesses, or directing traffic,” she said.
As part of the program, the department will feature an officer of the week across social media on Mondays. The post will include when the featured officer might work that week, though all participating officers will carry the cards, Kasper said. The new program follows the cancellation of “High-Five Friday” in February. During that ill-fated initiative, police visited a different elementary school every week to dish out high-fives to schoolchildren. The school district and police department cancelled the program following parent complaints that the program was well-intentioned but not executed properly. A social media backlash ensued.
This is the dumbest, most pointless thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Instead of just standing up to the handful of MORONS who INSANELY claimed that children of color would be triggered by the site of a police officer offering them a high five, Chief Jody Kasper came up with this stupid idea.
The whole point of the high five program was to make every kid in town realize that the cops are their friends. They were trying to humanize the institution of the police. Every single kid in town would see the cops as their friends, instead of the enemy.
So what does this accomplish? Nothing. Guess who’s gonna be collecting these cards? Kids who already like the police. Guess who’s not gonna be collecting these cards? Kids whose parents have an anti-police agenda. This fixes nothing. People who are weary or untrusting of the cops will continue to dislike them. But then again, that’s why they wanted High 5 Friday cancelled in the first place – because they realized it would make their kids like the cops. And they want to raise their kids to believe that the cops are blood thirsty racist killers.
Don’t worry though, some SJW will find a way to take offense to this. What if some undocumented child or a student of color sees one of these cards in school? Won’t it traumatize them by just seeing it? It’s time to ban these dangerous trading cards in schools and keep them on the playground where they belong!
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