Bayview celebrates Adopt-a-Cop program


For the 27th consecutive year, Bayview Avenue Elementary School held their Valentine’s Day luncheon to honor the Village of Freeport Police Officers who participate in the school’s Adopt-a-Cop program.

The Freeport Police Department’s Adopt-a-Cop program works with school children to encourage communication and deter violence

It started with six police officers that volunteered to meet with fourth-grade students at Bayview Avenue School on a regular basis in order to encourage informal connection and erase negative police preconceptions. All these years later, the program now has over 30 Freeport police officers visiting all the fourth grade classrooms in the endeavor to make a difference.

Each fourth-grade class enthusiastically presented their adopted police officers with handmade Valentine’s Day cards and candies, expressing their gratitude for the officers’ efforts in teaching them about safety, the police force, and their contributions to the Freeport community.

The event also featured a performance by the fourth-grade students of “Freeport’s Finest,” followed by a pizza party for everyone to enjoy, marking the culmination of this collaborative partnership between the students and police officers.