In June, 2017, the Northampton Police Department announced its new Police Trading Card program. The goal of this community outreach initiative is to strengthen relationships between NPD officers and the youth in our community. We get to meet our youngest citizens and they get to meet us! Participating officers carry their own personal trading cards with them as they work. Each trading card has a photo of the officer along with a short biography on the back. Cards are numbered 1-50 so that kids can keep track of which ones they need to complete their collection. School-aged children are encouraged to participate. Children should look for NPD officers who are working and ask them for their card. It is important that children only approach officers when they are not actively involved in a police call or activity such as a car stop, interviewing witnesses, or directing traffic. Children and their families are also welcome to stop into the station to see who is working.
To help everyone get to know our dedicated officers, we announce an Officer of the Week each Monday on NPD’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. We share a little about that officer and it helps kids determine when that officer might be working that week. Even though we’re highlighting an individual officer each week, kids can collect cards from any of our staff throughout the program. Children who collect 25 cards and children who get all 49 cards can receive prizes:
25 Cards= An official NPD beach ball!
49 Cards= An official NPD water bottle and the coveted 50th card!
The first 10 kids to reach 49 cards can also choose between an NPD challenge coin or a free ride to school in a police car! (The school building must be located in Northampton.) When kids have reached a prize level, stop into the station lobby and ask for a supervisor to collect the prize. Make sure when stopping in that kids bring their cards to show the supervisor and to tell us what your favorite cards are!
Northampton PD would like to thank Wal-Mart for supporting a large portion of this program with a $2,500 Community Grant. We would also like to thank NFD Firefighter Josh Shanley for his time and his incredible photography skills! Finally, special thanks to Sgt. Patrick Moody for making this program happen!