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Noblesville Police use moose to help kids

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Beverly Burgess, Kevin Jowitt, Bobbie Dill, Mike Haskett, Barbara Thatcher and Marc Cruea pose with all 12 of the Tommy Moose. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

Beverly Burgess, Kevin Jowitt, Bobbie Dill, Mike Haskett, Barbara Thatcher and Marc Cruea pose with all 12 of the Tommy Moose. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

By Anna Skinner

The Noblesville Moose Lodge donated 12 stuffed animal moose to the Noblesville Police Department on May 12. The moose will be used by police officers to give to kids experiencing a tragic accident. The police will give the moose to the kids in hopes of comforting them.

“We appreciate them for doing this not just for us, but for the community,” Chief of Police Kevin Jowitt said.

Mooseheart, an organization part of the Noblesville Moose Lodge, helps disadvantaged kids. Moosehaven, based in Florida, helps seniors.

The patrol division in particular will use items like the donated Tommy Moose to carry around in their car when they need to comfort a child.

The Noblesville Moose Lodge would like to donate the stuffed animals every few months.

“When the officers are working with the kids they will be used to calm them down and help them feel better,” Barbara Thatcher, administrator assistant for the Noblesville Moose Lodge, said.

The NPD hopes to portray a positive image of the police department to kids especially through items such as the Tommy Moose.

“Our investigations unit often works with children who have been victims of traumatic incidents or have been involved in these incidents. These would go a long way to help them. It’s something to hang on to, something for comfort,” Detective Mike Haskett said.


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