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The Carthage Press
  • Leggett & Platt sponsors new police trading cards

  • Leggett & Platt Inc. is teaming up with the Carthage Police Department to give officers a new way to connect with the public, especially kids, in a positive way.
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  • Leggett & Platt Inc. is teaming up with the Carthage Police Department to give officers a new way to connect with the public, especially kids, in a positive way.
    Carthage police officers have been issued a new set of police officer trading cards that they can hand out to kids and kids at heart.
    Leggett & Platt Incorporated’s Creative Services Division is sponsoring the cards and created them for the officers.
    "They are a way for kids to come and chat with us," said Carthage Police Lt. Bill Barksdale. "This is the third time we've issued these to officers since we started this in 2001. The front has a picture of the officer and the back has some of his or her achievements."
    Police trading cards are much like baseball cards, with the purpose of initiating positive contacts with children. Many times children are afraid to talk to police officers, the department said in a written release.
    With the trading cards children are encouraged to approach officers to collect as many cards as they can, getting acquainted with our officers at the same time.
    Barksdale said officers like them and kids like to collect them.
    "A lot of time dealing with a police officer is like taking your dog to the vet," Barksdale said. "The first time it's fun and everyone is excited, but when the dig gets poked and prodded a few times, he starts to dread going to the vet. With officers, the first time you meet them it may be fun, but then you meet them in a traffic stop or something else negative and they start to carry that negative connotation. This is one of the positive things that officers can use to reach out to kids."
    Barksdale said people need to realize there are good times to approach an officer and there are inappropriate times.
    "Officers in Kansas City did this and they started having kids approach them when they were doing traffic stops or investigations and wanting their trading cards," Barksdale said. "If an officer is engaged in a traffic stop or at a crime scene, it's not a good time to ask for a card. In most other cases, we're happy to share."
    Leggett & Platt’s Print Shop was approached with the idea and quickly wished to be a part of the project.  Each officer will be provided at least 200 trading cards, while officers involved in the Carthage R-9 School District will be given more due to the many contacts they make on a daily basis.
    "The Carthage Police Department is always looking for ways to enhance its relationship with the community, especially with Carthage’s youth," the department said. "Our thanks go to Leggett & Platt for their invaluable assistance on this project."
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