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Palm Coast Monday, Jul. 3, 2017 3 years ago

Bunnell Police officers hand out ‘cupcake citations’ for good behavior

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The partnership with Cupcake Café will go through Aug. 7. 
by: Paige Wilson Community Editor
Bunnell Police Chief Tom Foster holds up a "cupcake citation." Photo by Paige Wilson

In an effort to unite the Bunnell Police officers with children in the community, the department has teamed up with Cupcake Café owner, Theresa Tazwell, to offer “cupcake citations” to local youth who are observed doing the right thing.

What makes up the recipe for good behavior? Take a handful of respect, a scoop of honesty, three pinches of responsibility, a cup of gratefulness and a bushel of kindness and mix it all together for a sweet result.

The ingredients are detailed on the back of the “citation” card, while the front offers one free cupcake, out of 20 to 30 daily varieties, for the child to redeem with a parent or adult present, Bunnell Police Chief Tom Foster said. The redeemer can choose a scoop of ice cream instead of a cupcake if they prefer.  

Foster said he wants the Bunnell youth to see officers as friends and mentors.

“It’s an incentive for my officers to get out of the car and interact with these children in a positive, one-one-one environment,” Foster said.

Tazewell, 31, eagerly accepted this partnership and said it’s important to connect officers and local children in an encouraging way.

The back of the "cupcake citation details the ingredients. Photo by Paige Wilson

“It’s about recognizing the kids that go above and beyond for their community,” Tazewell said.

Theresa also wanted to participate in this partnership because her husband, Jarred Tazwell, is a detention deputy at the Flagler County Jail.

Chief Foster said this could also be a way for officers to offer positive reinforcement if they respond to a call where children are present and need encouragement.

The program commenced on July 3 and will go through Aug. 7. 

 

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