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Police to distribute bracelets to people doing good things

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Officers at the Norfolk Police Department are being encouraged to distribute green plastic bracelets to reward people for doing good things.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1QEGXHn ) officers will give bracelets and ask recipients to pass them along to someone else they see showing acts of kindness.

Police are working with Professor E. Scott Geller who started distributing bracelets across Virginia Tech to individuals performing acts of kindness in the wake of the 2007 campus shooting. Wanting to piggyback off the idea, Bobby Kipper of the Newport News Police Department talked Geller into bringing bracelets to police departments across the nation.

Since then, five other departments around the country have started the program.

Chief Michael Goldsmith says he hopes the bracelets help foster better rapport and trust with the community.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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