Candy-filled ‘survival kits’ for police officers bring smiles

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- More than 700 law enforcement officers in Wyandotte County are receiving survival kits of candy Tuesday to show that they are appreciated.

It's been a difficult year for police in KCK, who have lost not one, but two officers in the line of duty.

To help boost the spirits for those who protect us, civilian employees of the county's juvenile intake and assessment center have spent their own time and money assembling the survival kits. They've put a lot thought into it too. The kits include: Tootsie Rolls to help officers roll with the punches, Peppermint Patties to help them keep their cool, and Lifesavers to remind them how often they have been one.

"We've had a rough year in Wyandotte County with the two tragic losses of law enforcement lives and we work with law enforcement every day," said Mary Pollock, who is delivering some of the kits. "Staff decided to reach out and give a personal touch, a thank you to all the sworn officers in Wyandotte County."

725 of the care packages are being hand delivered to sheriff's deputies, KCK police, police in Bonner Springs and Edwardsville, school district officers, community college cops, and officers on the KU medical center campus.

A lot of care went into the survival kits. Officers say they're grateful to be appreciated. The message is a simple one: thank you for everything you do for our community.