Sheriff Storytime at the Vancleave Public Library
Storytime this morning was extra special at the Vancleave Public Library!
Children gathered around Jackson County Chief Deputy Randy Muffley who read books about life as an officer.
Once the books were complete, participants were in for a treat as they met the chocolate lab K9 Officer Beau.
After Beau received all the love and hugs, kids got to channel their creative side with officer themed coloring sheets.
Last but not least, they were able to climb inside the officer’s vehicles on site to get a feel for their life on the road.
Chief Muffley enjoys doing these types of activities because it makes children more comfortable with being around an officer. “Any relationship we have with the public is special, especially with the young ones. We want them to know they don’t need to be afraid of the police officers or sheriff deputies. We’re here to help them. We’re their friends and here to assist them, and let them know they can come to us about anything.”
K9 Beau’s Handler Deputy Will Anderson said, “It’s great. The kids love the dogs. It’s always a great way to introduce them to K9’s and law enforcement. They get to pet the dog and learn about him. We even gave them some trading cards we had made up with the dog’s name on it and how old he is and everything. It’s great to be able to show these young kids to not be afraid of law enforcement and is kind of a sneak peek into what we do every day.”
On April 29th, the sheriff’s department will be back at the library with an event called ‘fingerprinting for safety.’