Within the eyes of younger South Jacksonville entrepreneur, these cops actually rock

Two South Jacksonville cops have been on patrol Tuesday night after they bought served — with custom-painted rocks. 

Patrolmen Hunter Parks and Daniel Bormann have been making their rounds of the village after they pulled onto Linden Avenue and noticed younger artist and entrepreneur Alaina Shillings, 7, working at a stand arrange in her driveway, the place she was promoting rocks and doing acrobatic flips. 

“We have been out on patrol and we simply occurred to go down Linden,” Parks stated. “We have been like, ‘What’s she promoting?’ … She actually was doing flips on a padded mat.” 

The patrolmen pulled over to analyze what Alaina was doing and he or she welcomed them to her driveway. 

“It was clear she’s had good experiences with the police earlier than,” Parks stated of her response. 

Alaina was providing custom-painted rocks on the market for $1. 

Each Parks and Bormann purchased rocks, every with its personal theme. Bormann requested Alaina to color a blue line across the rock in honor of regulation enforcement. Parks requested her to color a cow-themed rock, which he now retains on the workplace. 

“All I had was a $5 invoice,” he stated, including that he ended up giving her that. 

Parks, who’s new to South Jacksonville Police Division, stated being a police officer is “one thing I’ve at all times needed to do.” Having the chance to help Alaina provides him much more motive to like his job. 

“I advised her I’d unfold the phrase about her rock stand,” he stated. 

After spending a while with Alaina, the patrolmen ended their go to with a fast photograph. 

“She was the one who requested to have an image taken with us,” Parks stated. 

For South Jacksonville Police Chief Eric Hansell, what Parks and Bormann did was a primary instance of builds robust, constructive relations between the neighborhood and the police. 

“What he did he, took it upon himself to do,” Hansell stated. 

A whole lot of first-time experiences with the police occur when individuals are at a low level of their life, Hansell stated, including that it’s vital to him that his officers understand the job is about greater than the damaging experiences. It’s about visiting folks at parks or collaborating in actions as Bormann and Parks did. 

“It’s about constructing a constructive relationship with the general public,” Hansell stated. “We’re human similar to everybody else.” 

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