By intern Deanna Simonson
With everything going on in the world today sometimes we forget to be thankful for what we have and for those who are working everyday to keep us safe. Over the past few years there has been a lot of backlash on law enforcement. Cynthia and Gary wanted to let our local law enforcement know that they are valued and appreciated everyday for what they do for our community. They thought about different ways they could show their appreciation to our local officers. Finally the idea of “Badges and Bagels” came about. For almost four years the ESMS team has delivered fresh bagels, cream cheese and apples to the Westtown East Goshen Regional Police Department.
I was a little nervous my first time doing the delivery by myself because I didn’t know what to expect. As soon as I got there I felt relieved. Everyone that I met in the station was so nice and friendly. They express such gratitude each time when we deliver the bagels. I love when it is a Badges and Bagels day because it always puts me in such a great mood when I get to bring in the bagels and see everyone at the station. They are always so thankful. Even though it is just a small gesture, it means a lot to them and to us as well.
We have developed such a great relationship with the police department over the past couple years. The ESMS team has been fortunate enough to take multiple tours of the station over the years. I was able to go on one in December and it was very exciting and informative. There were a lot of things that I had never realized or thought about before that the officers handle. I was able to tour the entire station, including the inside of a cop car, a jail cell, and a forensics lab which was very exciting.
We are very excited for the success of the event we hosted in May with the Westtown East Goshen Police Department and the Brandywine at Thornbury Community. The event was a community conversation. It allowed discussion between the community and law enforcement officers in an inviting and open environment. This was an opportunity for positive interaction with police officers and gave people the chance to ask questions and learn about the officers’ experiences.
I’m sad that this was my last month doing Badges and Bagels because I graduated . However, it has given me the idea to start my own type of program similar to Badges and Bagels in the future.