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“Hug A Cop” @ Gates Walmart Store 2150 Chili Ave.

July 16, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Since the Dallas shooting, our Officers have had people coming up to them with words of kindness, comfort and support. Additionally, complete strangers have been hugging our Officers!

One of the nicest Hugs the Gates Police Department ever received came from a four year old, just days following the execution of NYPD Officers, Ramos and Liu in December 2014. This hug was recorded on a citizen’s cell phone camera and quickly captured the hearts of our Gates community.

Because a hug is a universal symbol of friendship, an expression of affection and a reassuring gesture that we are “in this together”, our public Information Officer Lance Duffy came up with the idea that the Gates Police should greet our community with Free Hugs. This will happen in partnership with our Gates Walmart Store on Saturday from 12pm to 2pm. Walmart will be offering free pictures of your hug with a cop, ice cream, water and other fun stuff. It is going to be a party!

Walmart is one of our most loyal business partners. Unfortunately, our Walmart store was victimized two weeks ago when 30 people decided to have a large fight inside the store, disregarding the safety and respect of other customers and employees. This was a RANDOM act. Our Gates Walmart Store is a safe store. Our Officers including the Chief shop there daily!

Come and experience friendship, support and reassurance that we stand together as one strong and caring community. Come hug a Gates Cop and Gates Supervisor Mark Assini, this Saturday.


July 16, 2016
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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