“to protect and to serve”
The Huntington Beach Police Department related this feel good story via their Facebook page in recent days –
“In keeping with our month of giving thanks, here’s a story one of our officers shared with us about a recent incident that makes us thankful for our officers every single day.
Last month a woman came to Huntington Beach with her 8 year old son after they recently left their home state trying to escape a bad situation. They were looking for a homeless shelter, but were unable to locate anything and had been bouncing around different shelters in the area for about three weeks.Due to the time of day, the officer was unable to locate any open and available shelters for the night. The mom said she would find a place to sleep on the streets with her son for the night, but the officer took it upon himself to locate a nearby motel and booked a room for the night for the mom and child.
The officer (along with his partner) transported the two to the motel and paid for the room without thinking twice. He then took down their information and forwarded it to our Homeless Task Force officers. HTF then worked with the family the very next day to figure out a permanent solution.
This is just one example of many times officers dig into their own pockets out of the goodness of their hearts to help people they meet at work. From buying meals to helping with housing, our officers are going the extra mile to make a difference in our community, and for that we are so proud and grateful.”