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Children become police chiefs and sheriffs for a day

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Aug. 18, 2010 at 8:35 am |
August 18, 2010 8:55 am
Kirran Medchill, then 3, was named Tacoma's Chief for a Day in 2008. /News Tribune file photo

Children suffering from life-threatening or chronic illness will be treated to breakfast, gift baskets, demonstrations and the honor of commanding a police force for a day today.

They’ll take part in the annual Chief for a Day celebration at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in Burien. The event starts this morning with breakfast at Qwest Field. The children and their families will then be transported by police escort to the Burien facility.

Twenty-one law enforcement agencies, including the Fircrest, Lacey, Sumner and Tacoma police departments, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Patrol, will sponsor a child for the event.

Each child will be decked out in a hand-tailored uniform from his or her sponsoring agency. The children are 4 to 12 years old.

At the state commission, they’ll be sworn in, eat lunch and watch presentations from K-9 teams, bicycle patrols, SWAT teams, rifle units and other specialty law enforcement teams.

Tacoma Police Department's Chief for a Day, 9-year-old Jason Hansen walks through a State Patrol Honor Guard with Police Chief Don Ramsdell at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center on May 11, 2006./News Tribune file photo
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