News from the Village of Arlington Heights
Befriend a Badge Police Trading Card Program
December 10, 2015
The Arlington Heights Police Department has launched the “Befriend a Badge” Trading Card program, which is a youth outreach initiative designed to increase the positive contacts between law enforcement and children. Eleven members of the Department have trading cards (like baseball cards) and children are encouraged to collect the cards from each member!
Pictures of officers in their various roles in the Police Department, their biographical information and words of advice to children, are featured on each trading card. There is also a checklist available so children can keep track of which officers’ trading cars they have collected. When all 11 cards are collected, children are eligible for prizes.
The trading cards can be collected from Police Officers who will be attending various special events at local businesses, schools, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library and the Arlington Heights Park District. The appearances also offer an opportunity for children to visit with the officers and request autographs. Announcements of event signings can be found on the Arlington Heights Police Department’s Facebook Page
, and on the Citizen Observer Alert network.
The Befriend a Badge trading cards are sponsored in part by the Arlington Heights Crime Stoppers. Prizes will be provided by local businesses, including Jewel, McDonald’s and Culver’s. Children that collect a complete set of autographed cards are eligible for the grand prize drawing. Contact the Community Services Bureau at 847-368-5330 to claim your prize.
The program will continue through late spring of 2016.