NEBRASKA CITY – Nebraska City police will be giving out more than traffic tickets this fall as an $800 donation is equipping officers with gift cards.
Police Chief David Lacy said an anonymous group came forward this summer with an idea for improving community relations for police and helping those in need.
The group is providing officers on all three shifts with gift cards for fast-food restaurants, groceries and gasoline.
Lacy said officers will use their judgment on who would most benefit from a card.
Lacy: “We know our community pretty well. There are good people out there that have unfortunate issues that kind of trip them up. Maybe they need just a little funds to help pay for things that they normally couldn’t pay for under the circumstances. Or they’re good people down on their luck.”
He said recipients may be people who are in tough financial times or people officers see doing things right.
Chief Lacy used the example of the morning sun glare for eastbound traffic on Central Avenue while kids are crossing on their way to school.
“I’ve seen it before. People don’t stop for them when they are in the crosswalk, so, if we see a driver that perhaps stops for them and gets traffic to stop so the kids can cross safely, maybe that person would be subjected to a gift card.”
The gift card program is expected to start on Sept. 20 will continue until all 42 cards are distributed.