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Metro Police return to Newburg with special delivery for youth

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thursday, Metro Police returned to a neighborhood hit hard by officers last Friday.

It was an unexpected but happy encounter for the kids police were trying to find.

For the second time in a week, officers visited one particular home in the area.

"Usually when a police car pulls up, or even policemen on bikes, which is what they pulled up on the first time, It's a sign that something is going on at the residence or coming to get someone," Anna Groves said, who was there with her grandsons. 

"We are used to that. Somebody sees police pull up and they just automatically think something bad has happened," Officer Donnie Cardell said.

No one was in trouble with the law, but you could say Officer Cardell and his partner, Chris Bowen, were on somewhat of a secret mission.

"I kept it a secret, it was pretty hard," Groves said.

Last Friday, the officers gave away helmets to children on bikes in Newburg. The officers even tried to get a few bikes rolling again.

"I was really excited and surprised to see an actual bike technician with them ... trying to fix the bikes," Groves said.

That technician was actually Officer Cardell. He spent what could have been a short break fixing bikes. 

"We did repair their bikes a little bit, but even after we were done, they were still kind of in bad shape," Cardell said.

"And then they just determined, no, they need safer bikes," Groves said.

So Thursday afternoon, the officers returned with the new bikes.

"And it was a surprise, they didn't know," Groves said.

Groves hid the secret from her grandsons, but it was hard for the boys and the officers to hide their excitement.

"It makes your heart feel good. Any time you can impact a kid's life on a positive note, it's always a good day," Cardell said. "I think they were so excited, they were ready to get on the bikes and ride."

That's why the officers had to remind the new bike owners that safety still comes first.

Both Cardell and Bowen have years of experience and consider this one of their most important assignments. They hope it will change any negative feelings youth have about police.

"We want the kids to feel safe to come talk to us, even if they don't need us for something bad that has happened. We care, it's just that simple," Cardell said. "We care about the kids out here, and we really love our jobs."

LMPD's Community Policing Unit has been around for about 10 months, and the officers believe the unit is doing what it was created to do.

"It's definitely working. We're all about helping kids and bridging that gap with the community," Cardell said.

"Even if they hadn't given the boys bikes," said Groves. "The community exposure is what's most important."

Groves agrees with Cardell, and she loves the new form of community policing.

The officers plan to deliver more helmets and bikes once students go back to school.

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