Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum (Santa Maria, California) published a very warm "thank you" on its social networking page after Santa Maria Police Department's Commander Craig Ritz spent some time interacting with museum visitors. Among the activities was a code-breaking memory game.
"There was so much fun, laughter
and learning going on," Museum staff wrote.
Perhaps its not newsworthy when peace officers get out and mingle. It's certainly helpful for youth, who are otherwise so inundated with negative images of law enforcement, to learn that cops are people, too.