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Orem police to lift kids' spirits by making them 'officer for a day'

Orem police to lift kids' spirits by making them 'officer for a day'

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OREM — If you know a child going through a difficult time, the Orem Police Department wants to help.

Each month starting in May, the department is going to give a child in need of a pick-me-up the opportunity to be a police officer for a day. The new initiative is the brainchild of police Chief Gary Giles, according to Lt. Craig Martinez.

“We’re going to try to clump a day’s worth of work into a few hours for (a child), hoping it might be a little bright spot in their life if they happen to be going through some hard times,” Martinez said.

The department is currently accepting nominations for children between the ages of 5 and 10, and will choose two children to participate in the program for the first month.

Martinez said they have a uniform — complete with a shirt, pants, duty belt and hat — ready for the kids. They’ll be invited to join the police for a few hours to experience the day to day activities of officers, including specialty work with K9s, the SWAT team and detectives.

“We’re even going to possibly look at them pulling some cars over with us,” he said. “Granted, those are going to be cars filled with our people.”

Nominations should be sent to by Friday. Martinez said the department has received about 20 submissions so far.

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