Fresh Batch Of Key West Police Officer Trading Cards Just Hit The
Thirty more officers, plus the Community
Service Aide Richard Petrick, just received their supply of 1,000 baseball
card-inspired cards, said Officer Patrick Diaz, of the department's
Community Policing Office. This is the fourth set to come out since Diaz
started the project in 1997.
About 60 officers are now being traded around, mostly by children who can
get a baseball card look-alike by asking an officer. "It's a fun way
to encourage kids to get to know personally individual police
officers," he said. "The more comfortable children are about
approaching a police officer, the safer they are."
A professional color photograph appears on the front of the card. Key West
photographer Scott Wilcox donated his services, Diaz said. On the back is
information about the officer, a personal message and a space for an
autograph. The business logo of Friendly Cab Company also appears on the
back because owner Darren Gutman donated the printing costs - about
$3,000. "Friendly Cab also picked up the costs for the second and
third batches of the cards. We really appreciate Darren's generosity in
supporting this valuable community service," Diaz said.
To raise money for the Key West Police Law Enforcement Explorer program,
Diaz is selling a full set of all 30 officers' cards, separately or in the
form of a poster, for $10. For more information, or to offer sponsorship
of the next set, Diaz may be reached at 305-292-8280.
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