Fort Lauderdale police pull over drivers, deliver toys for holidays
Police randomly target drivers during 'Operation Santa Shop 2015'
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Fort Lauderdale police are randomly pulling over drivers, but instead of giving them tickets, they're providing some holiday cheer.
The Fort Lauderdale Fraternal Order of Police is handing out gifts to unsuspecting drivers during "Operation Santa Stop 2015."
"Each year the Fort Lauderdale Fraternal Order of Police tries to give back to the community because we understand a lot of the interaction that the public has with police officers may not be a positive one," police union president Sgt. Jack Lokeinsky said in a video posted on YouTube.
In the video, Lokeinsky and other Fort Lauderdale police officers stop drivers in the city and begin asking them questions about how they plan to celebrate the holidays. They find out what the drivers' children want, and Lokeinsky then radios to other officers at Best Buy and Target.
The officers soon arrive with gifts in hand.
Among the gifts delivered were televisions, an iPad for a woman's daughter, an Xbox for a man's son, PlayStation 4 games for another woman's children, and a car seat and toys for a 1-year-old.
"This is a way for us to show that we are a part of the community and we do appreciate the citizens as much as they appreciate us," Lokeinsky said.
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