Twenty-six chronically ill children from South Sound will participate today in a “Chief for a Day” event.
The kids and their families are driven in a police motorcade to the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in Burien, where the children spend the day as an honorary chief.
Each agency chooses its child. The participants, who range in age from 3 to 16, have all been diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness.
The children receive a hand-tailored uniform and gift baskets with toys, movie passes and other gifts. They spend the day at the training academy where they are sworn in as chief, provided lunch and interact with law enforcement officers who show them K-9 units, SWAT, bicycle patrols and rifle units.
Participating agencies include the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Washington State Patrol and Bonney Lake, Fircrest, Kent, Lacey, Olympia, Puyallup, Sumner and Tacoma police departments.