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A Fresh Batch Of Key West Police Officer Trading Cards Just Hit The Streets


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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