Police are known to respond to many situations with some being negative and some positive.
On Wednesday, Port Barre Officer Bradley Tate used his badge for the better.
While out patrolling, Tate was approached by a young boy. “He says, ‘Officer, do you have a minute? We have no food in the house. I haven’t eaten in a day. Can you bring me to get chips or a soda?'” said Tate. “I told him, ‘I’ll do something better. I’ll take you to the grocery store.'”
From there, Tate worked with several others to provide days worth of groceries for the family of six.
“There’s a difference between being a law enforcement officer and a community policeman. This is a community we live in, so why not be a part of that,” the officer said.
Tate shared his story on Facebook, which now has over 1,000 likes. To him, the kind gesture was just his job.
“It was just something to share with friends and family. Just another day on the job. You’ll do anything for family, so you’ll do anything for these people. It’s blown out of what I wanted it to be,” Tate said.
KATC’s Katie Easter asked the police officer how he felt about it now.
“That’s a hard question. I think the public needs to see cops are still human. There’s so much negative media regarding police officers, and there’s only a small percentage of negative policemen in this line of work.”
The chief of police’s secretary, Dawn Quibedeaux, said this is not an uncommon thing.
“Now that it’s summer, it’ll happen more. A lot of us take money out of our own pockets to help feed these families in need,” said Quibedeaux.
Officer Tate says he hopes more families in need will ask for help.