Several McPherson County law enforcement agencies are carrying something extra with them this summer — packs of baseball cards.
The McPherson County Sheriff’s Office and the Lindsborg Police Department are participating in the Cops are Topps baseball card program sponsored by the Kansas City Royals, Royals Charities and the Kansas City Power and Light Company.
McPherson deputies and Lindsborg officers will have Royals baseball cards from 2017 and 2018 to give out to children.
Sgt. A.J. Elmer, of the McPherson County Sheriff’s Office, credits his wife, who is a dedicated Kansas City Royals fan, for encouraging local law enforcement agencies to sign up for the program.
“Anything you can do with kids is important,” Elmer said. “It’s summertime and everybody likes to play baseball during the summer. It’s another positive interaction we can have with kids.”
Children are welcome to ask for baseball cards during community events, casual encounters, when the emergency lights on a patrol are not activated or when a law enforcement office is not on an emergency call for service.
“We hand them out until they run out,” Elmer said. “They are first come, first served.”
The individual packages have four baseball cards with the front of the card featuring a Kansas City Royals baseball team member and the back side giving their information.
There is also a card with energy-saving tips from Kansas City Power and Light Company included in the pack.
Though he works the midnight shift, Elmer said he occasionally meets children during the overnight hours.
“Last night, I was driving around Inman at about 1:30 a.m.,” Elmer recalled.
As he patrolled the area, he encountered a mother and her children whose cat had been injured.
“I talked to them and asked them if they liked baseball,” Elmer said.
They responded that they were fans, and Elmer made sure each child in the family received a pack of baseball cards.
Elmer said children can recognize the McPherson County Sheriff’s Office deputies participating the Cops are Topps program by looking for the sheriff’s star-shaped badges on their uniforms or vehicles.
“They shouldn’t be afraid to ask and someone can get them some,” Elmer said.
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