Oceanside Police lookout for youth engaging in positive behavior

By SDCN Editor

Oceanside, CA–Oceanside police officers will be on patrol this summer looking to catch young people doing positive things in the community.

Officers will look at youth wearing helmets while riding bikes, helping keep parks or beaches clean, attending sports practices, and checking out books at the library. They will surprise kids doing good with gift cards funded by the Oceanside Police Department Random  Acts of Kindness Project. The project is focused on connecting officers and the community. 

“I would not be in the position I am in if not for a police officer who took the time to speak with me when I was a teen. I never forgot that encounter, and it set my sights on a career where I could serve others,” Oceanside Public Information Officer Jennifer Atenza. 

“This effort will help deepen community connections and is a way for officers to connect with the youngest generation. We want our young people to know that we are here to help them,” said Chief Kedrick Sadler. 

Oceanside Police Department’s Random Acts of Kindness Project, made possible by community donors and department member contributions provides resources to further officers’ ability to serve compassionately. 

Officers encounter people daily that could use a helping hand or just a kind gesture to brighten their day—often providing meals, clothing, or even transportation assistance. This project allows the department to expand those efforts and encourage relationship-building in the community. 



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