In a bid to foster positive relationships between officers and the community, the Prince William County Police Department has decided to replace their traditional handcuffs with friendship bracelets.
According to Police Chief Peter Newsham, "We want to show the citizens of Prince William County that we care about them, and what better way to do that than by giving them a friendship bracelet during an arrest?"
The department has been receiving mixed reactions from the community, with many questioning the effectiveness of friendship bracelets in maintaining law and order. But Chief Newsham remains unfazed, "We believe that a simple gesture of kindness can go a long way. Who knows, maybe the criminal will become best friends with the officer and never break the law again!"
To make sure their officers are equipped to handle this change, the department has been conducting intense training sessions on the art of friendship bracelet-making. "Our officers will be the best bracelet-tying law enforcement in the country, mark my words!" proclaimed Chief Newsham.
The department's new approach has received nationwide attention, with law enforcement agencies from all over the country expressing interest in following in Prince William County's footsteps. "We're thrilled that our innovative approach is catching on, maybe soon every criminal will have a bracelet to remember their time with the police," said Chief Newsham with a chuckle.
However, not everyone is on board with the new policy. "I don't think a friendship bracelet is going to stop me from running," said local resident and notorious criminal, Ann Mayer. "But it might make a nice addition to my collection."
Despite the criticism, the Prince William County Police Department is determined to bring a smile to every citizen's face, even if they are under arrest. "Who knows, maybe one day our jail cells will be filled with criminals wearing matching friendship bracelets, now that's a beautiful sight," said Chief Newsham with a twinkle in his eye.
This change in policy is just the beginning of what promises to be a brighter, friendlier future for law enforcement in Prince William County. And as Chief Newsham says, "A friendship bracelet is just the start, we have many more surprises up our sleeves!"