Lexington police ask parents to teach kids they’re here to help

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HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — Lexington police are asking parents to do them a favor — don’t make them the “bad guy” to their children. Officers say all too often parents will tell their children the police will take them to jail if they don’t behave. Capt. Jeff Middleton says that can give kids the wrong impression, and some officers have noticed young children seem intimidated around them. Middleton says parents instead should make sure their children know officers are people who can help them. “Law enforcement is dealing with some difficult and challenging times right now, and we’re hoping that the community will support us by teaching their children that they can trust us,” Middleton said. The Lexington Police Department launched the campaign Wednesday morning as part of a social media PSA.

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