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On Thursday, thanks to the generosity of the Hillsborough Police Department a group of kids were able to ride their bikes with a smile.  When Zakeil Tucker told officers that his bike was stolen the word quickly spread.

According to WRAL news Sgt. Buddy Parker said “A couple of kids were like, ‘Hey, you know our bikes were stolen. We spoke as a squad and decided each one of us would go in and pay a portion of it to get the boys new bicycles.”

As a result, the officers bought four bikes and new helmets, but not for recognition they say – rather to build positive relationships in the neighborhoods they serve.  This is something that the officers say is more important now than ever before.

WRAL news reports Parker said “We can’t do this by ourselves. There is just no way and each time we have a positive interaction with somebody, we are growing another set of eyes.”

The officers claim to want more positive interactions and realize it can start from building one positive relationship at a time.  On how he feels about the officers, Tucker said “They make me feel safe. They are nice and good and fun to be around.”

The officers could not agree more.  Parker said “These kids are great. They are always coming up to us asking questions, and that’s what we want.”

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