Officer Friendly doesn’t work here any more | Joanne

Whatever happened to Officer Friendly? asks Eric Easter of Urban News Service.

“I remember Officer Friendly used to come from 1st to 4th grade, teaching us that the police were our friends,” Chris Newman wrote on Old Time D.C. “Then, in 5th grade, it went from ‘I am your friend’ to ‘I am not to be trifled with.’ That is a very jarring experience.”

Most police departments have dropped “Officer Friendly” programs, writes Easter.

However, New Jersey legislators hope to put Friendly back on the school beat. The Assembly has passed a bill requiring schools to teach children how to interact…

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