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One more week to enter PD's contest

The St. Helens Police Department holds autograph contest in honor of "Thank a Police Officer Day"

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ST. HELENS POLICE DEPARTMENT - Officer Jamin Coy smiles with a boy who picked up an autograph card Wednesday, Sept. 10. The autograph contest runs through Sept. 18.  Kids in St. Helens still have one more week to participate in an autograph contest being held by the St. Helens Police Department.

The police department organized the autograph contest to help celebrate national “Thank a Police Officer Day,” which falls on Saturday, Sept. 19. The contest started on Sept. 1, but kids can still enter.

Police Chief Terry Moss came up with the idea to encourage young people to engage with officers in a friendly way. Previous efforts involved officers making trading cards and hosting a contest for kids to collect them.

Moss said the idea behind this year’s contest was born out of that effort.

“Our goal is to get the youth in the community used to having positive contact with the officers,” said Malinda Duran, the police support specialist with the St. Helens Police Department. “We want them to feel comfortable with the officers any time.”

Anyone under 12 years old is invited to collect signatures from police officers and employees around the city. Autograph cards can be picked up from the St. Helens Police Department or City Hall during regular hours. The cards must be turned in to the department by Friday, Sept. 18, before 5 p.m. to be considered for the contest.

The card with the most signatures, or the person who collects signatures from all 16 officers and employees, will win the grand prize — a police department T-shirt and a photo with Moss. All other entries with at least one signature will receive a coupon for a free cheeseburger from St. Helens Burgerville, an activity booklet, pencil and bracelet.

Duran said the department has only given away 8 to 10 autograph cards and hopes more kids will get involved. The police department will have a booth at the St. Helens High School football game on Friday, Sept. 11, and will also be handing out cards.