Positive Policing program connects defenders with community

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  • By Lauren Russell
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – 66th Security Forces Squadron defenders recently created the Positive Policing program to further strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the base community.

Through this initiative, 66 SFS patrols recognize community members for following traffic laws, adhering to all safety protocols, or random acts of kindness and integrity with coupons to use at Outdoor Recreation, Pizza Mia, and other base restaurants.

“We wanted a way to give back to the community and engage in positive ways that build trust and confidence for everyone,” said Senior Airman Carlos Howard, 66 SFS Positive Policing lead.

Howard said the program allows defenders to embrace a broader view of their police function as community members, as opposed to a narrow view of their work as just crime stoppers.

“We want to do more in the community than just issue tickets,” said Howard.

Since May, Howard has handed out more than 15 coupons, or “Blue Bucks,” to community members.

“I think this program is a wonderful thing and is a great tool to teach our children about the police force,” said Nia Jones, a Hanscom resident.

Jones’s two sons, Parker and Douglas, were recognized July 13 for wearing proper safety gear while riding their bikes.

Howard said every 66 SFS flight has a designated Positive Policing patrol, so there’s always a chance to be recognized, and Blue Bucks can be awarded to any member of the community.

“This is a collective effort throughout our squadron, and we’re really looking forward to achieving a greater community partnership,” he said.