In a heartwarming community event, the police in Åland invited children from the local community to help decorate their large Christmas tree. The tree was completed this Thursday, amid vibrant festivities and youthful laughter. This unprecedented initiative was not only a delightful occasion for the children but also underlined the police's commitment to fostering positive relationships with younger members of the community.
Over-Commissioner Benjamin Fellman emphasized the importance of the police engaging with children and youth in a relaxed setting. He said that building connections with younger community members is one of the more enjoyable aspects of their work. With the world often viewing the police through a lens of stern authority, such initiatives serve as a reminder of the police's human side and their commitment to serving the community in diverse ways.
A Beacon of Joy
The event was a resounding success, drawing so much interest that not all children could be accommodated. One of the participants, Frida Sjölund Karlsson, who shared that she doesn't have a Christmas tree at home yet but plans to get one on 'little Christmas Eve', was among the fortunate ones. The first ten interested children were invited to the police station, many of whom expressed a desire to become police officers. The decorated tree now stands as a beacon of joy in the licensing unit's hall on Strandgatan 27.
An Inspiration to Others
This event serves as an example to other communities and institutions. By creating a space for interaction and connection, the police in Åland have shown how simple acts can bridge gaps and foster a sense of unity and mutual respect. As the decorated tree lights up the hall, it symbolizes the light of community spirit that the police aim to kindle in the hearts of the younger generation.