Rochester Police Spreading Cheer Through Traffic Stops

December 18, 2017 08:56 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Law Enforcement is sometimes painted in a bad light.  But this week, a handful of drivers pulled over by Rochester Police are driving off with a big smile. Thanks to an anonymous donor, officers get to be "Secret Santa" for residents in need.

Flashing red and blue lights usually mean you have committed a traffic infraction. Instead of handing out tickets though, Patrol Officer Alex Kendrick is handing out some holiday cheer. 

“Everyone has a down time in their life where they got some bad luck coming their way,” said Kendrick. “It's nice to be able to combat that a little bit.”

After pulling one car over, Kendrick finds out the driver's insurance is expired. 

“I don't have a job so I wasn't able to pay it,” said Rachel Dougherty.

“Do you guys have any plans for Christmas?” asked Kendrick.

“No,” said Dougherty. “We moved and my mom passed away.”

“I am going to write you a citation today,” said Kendrick. “However, the citation is going to be for a happier Christmas.”

“Oh my God,” said Dougherty as she tears up. 

Money in hand, she gets off with a …

“Warning for that [expired insurance]. I think you are doing the right thing, you got a new job,” said Kendrick. “You're getting everything done. You have your son trooping there in the backseat. I think you're going to be okay.”

“Thank you so much,” she replied.  

Deborah Yennie called the police to ensure a friend could make it to the hospital safely to get the help she needed. 

“It's the small acts that matter,” said Kendrick after attending the house call. 

And she also receives 100 dollars. 

“Give part of it to God and just the needy that need food,” Yennie said of her plans to spend the money. 

Sometimes the bearer of bad news, Kendrick is just thankful to put a smile on people's face.

“We are people too,” he said. “We don't like to get people in trouble. We like to ‘Serve and Protect’ is what the motto is.” 

Officers will be out doing this until Christmas showing the compassionate side of their job



Hannah Tiede

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