Cops now armed with books for children

A partnership between the Grafton Police Department and Madison nonprofit REACH-A-Child will make it easier for first responders to help children in harrowing situations.

REACH-A-Child provided 10 REACH BAGs (backpacks) filled with books for each squad car. Any child in a crisis situation encounter with officers may choose a book to keep. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, reading enforces feelings of validation. It can assist with healing by reducing stress levels and helping kids feel less alone.

“We are happy to partner with great community organizations such as REACH-A-Child,” Grafton Police Chief Jeff Caponera said.

“During times of crisis and chaos, we sometimes forget the effect these events have on our most vulnerable population. This is a great way for us to help comfort the kids and distract them from the trauma.”

REACH-A-Child also included additional children’s books to officers to use for community engagement.



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