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'Bedtime Stories with Tigard PD' is a program where officers pick their own books to read online to children.

COURTESY TIGARD POLICE DEPARTMENT - Officer Kyle Henderson reads O is for Oregon as part of the Tigard Police Departments Bedtime Stories with Tigard PD.

Need a bedtime story for the little ones during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Well, the Tigard Police Department has the ticket. Since April 21, officers have been posting "Bedtime Stories with Tigard PD" on both the department's Facebook page as well as its YouTube channel.

Kelsey Anderson, a spokesperson for the Tigard Police Department, said the department got the idea from the Hillsboro Police Department and asked for permission to do something similar.

She said the program is completely voluntary, and officers are allowed to pick their own books.

"They can record these in the office, in the patrol car, at home … wherever they are most comfortable," said Anderson. "The whole idea is to stay connected with families in our community throughout this pandemic, especially while schools and libraries are home, and a lot of families are craving not only new reading material, but new ways of connecting virtually."

COURTESY PHOTO - Since April 21, officers have been posting "Bedtime Stories with Tigard PD" on both the department's Facebook page as well as its YouTube channel.

Anderson said the videos, posted every Tuesday and Thursday evening, give residents a chance to get to know officers and connect with the on a personal level. The department has received lots of positive feedback from families as well, she said.

"During this uncertain time, we have an opportunity to connect with our youth and change the bedtime routine for some," said Tigard Police Chief Kathy McAlpine. "It is a positive experience for our staff and only takes 5-7 minutes out of the day."

COURTESY PHOTO - 'Bedtime Stories with Tigard PD' is a program where officers pick their own books to read online to children.


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