'Adopt-a-Cop' initiative growing in southeastern NC

Published: Jul. 28, 2016 at 2:14 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2016 at 11:44 AM EDT
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SOUTHEASTERN, NC (WECT) - A group of women, who know what it's like to love someone on a police force, want to make a difference and they are asking others to join their efforts.

"As a wife, it's always in the back of your mind, could this be the day that he doesn't come home," said Tamie Keel, the wife of an officer.

Keel along with several other "cop wives," significant others and children of law enforcement officers, heard about the Adopt-a-Cop initiative in Concord, NC and wanted to bring it to southeastern NC.

They are coming together with the hope of spreading positivity and want to get every officer in the area adopted. In less than a week, the number of officers already adopted has tripled

"We're only five days into it now and we have over 1,100 officers adopted by the community," said Keel.

One of the most amazing gifts so far, Keel says comes from The Wilmington Funeral and Cremation who has adopted 40 officers and donated hundreds of dollars, and Glass tinting by SPF who is donating car decals that will say "Come Home Safe."

The list of agencies, offices and departments is growing daily, some are fully adopted, others still have a few officers left:

  • Leland Police Department
  • Navassa Police Department
  • Northwest Police Department
  • Shallotte Police Department
  • Southport Police Department
  • Oak Island Police Department
  • New Hanover County Sheriff's Office
  • Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department
  • Holden Beach Police Department
  • Sunset Beach Police Department
  • Ocean Isle Police Department
  • UNCW Police
  • Wilmington police department,
  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office
  • Pender County Sheriff’s Office
  • Holly Ridge
  • State Highway Patrol
  • Probation and Parole
  • Lake Waccamaw Police Department
  • Warsaw Police Department
  • Carolina beach Police Department
  • Kure beach Police Department
  • Surf City Police Department
  • Cape Fear Community College
  • Brunswick Community College
  • Bladen County Sheriff's Office
  • ALE
  • Tabor City Police Department
  • Whiteville Police Department
  • Onslow County Sheriff’s Office
  • Burgaw Police Department
  • New Hanover Regional Medical Center Special Police
  • Wrightsville Beach Police Department

To adopt a police officer you can join the Adopt-a-Cop Eastern NC group on Facebook, or contact Tamie Keel:

After adopting a cop, you then write a note of appreciation to an officer and buy a gift around $20.00 for them, the gifts will be delivered to the departments on Friday, August 5.

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