When a rookie police officer was called out to a shoplifting incident at a grocery store in Laurel, Maryland, instead of arresting the offender, he paid for her stolen goods.
The person caught shoplifting was a young mum, with her infant son, who was caught by security trying to steal two packs of nappies. After she purchased some groceries she didn't have enough money left over to buy the nappies.
In a post on the Laurel Police Department's Facebook page, police explained, "Officer Johns considered the situation and then made the decision to purchase the diapers out of his own pocket so that the young child would not suffer. It's worth noting that the female was still issued a criminal citation for the theft.
"Though it's but a snapshot of some of the work your officers are doing daily, we still wanted to take a moment to thank Officer Johns for not just fairly enforcing the law, but also showing empathy to an innocent child put in a difficult situation."
The post also quipped, "Why do cops get to go shopping on duty?" is but one of the many questions we get asked throughout the shift. Though we often joke that our field trainees are still in diapers, it turns out that rookie Officer Johns was not buying these for himself."
You got warm fuzzies too?