When is the last time someone did well to a cop? The police department has been tainted by all manner of controversies in Kenya. This has made many people shun from showing love and kindness to the men and ladies in blue. However, a group of young people from Simply Do Good (SDG) went against the grain and showed love and kindness to our offices in blue. This was remarkable as the turnout was impressive and you could see the young tucks yearning to do good to the police. SDG main partners Tin Roof Foundation was available to give the guidelines and frameworks on how the whole process was going to happen. Josphat, the leading facilitator from the police’s side showed the team how they could go about the charity work.
“Nyinyi ni akina nani? Nimekuwa polisi miaka mingi lakini sijawaiona mtu yeyote akifanyia polisi hivi,” (Who are you guys? I have been in the police service for a long time and I have never seen anyone do something like this to a police). These were sentiments of one police man who almost shed tears upon seeing the young volunteers from SDG serve him and fellow police officers with coffee and cookies. The SDG team was serving the police, handing them coffee and tea sachets, talking to them about work and challenges they experience as well as cleaning the environment. The team working on cleaning the environment picked trash all over the police station. The tea and coffee making and cookie distribution, well known as the catering team, made sure they served every cop coming and going out of the police station as well as the people available. It was impressive seeing the cops wearing the smiles as they sipped the coffee and talked about work.
The day was summarized with a chit-chat with the cops. They were so thankful for the good gesture shown to them. The SDG team was happy to have touched a life and it targets to do good to both the police officers and the offenders. Suffice to say, we are just humans gotten with circumstance sometimes. Therefore, touching a life of both the police and someone locked up will be a good start to restore the relationship between a civilian and the police department in the country. Even that police person you see putting on the blue uniform is a civilian first before s/he became a police officer. They are there to maintain law and order as they serve their country. Remember, we are all battling with something in our lives; therefore, it will cost you nothing to show love and kindness to any person you come across with in life. That police officer is also human. Of course, with the wave of selfies and various social media with captions, the day could not end without making memories through flashing phone cameras, posing with police men and women exhibiting electric smiles all over Pangani police station.
Post by Emmanuel Mamadi, SDG Volunteer
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