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MJPD officer delivers backpacks to kids in need
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet Police Officer Anthony Allen wants to make sure the service part doesn’t get left out of the serve and protect. 

“Sometimes the service part gets lost in the shuffle,” said Allen. 

That is why Allen took it upon himself a few months ago to make a difference in the community. Allen grew up in a low-income area in Florida, and the positive relationships he made with police officers pushed him toward law enforcement. He came to Wilson County by way of a football scholarship to Cumberland University. After getting a degree in criminal justice, he was hired by the Mt. Juliet Police Department in 2011. 

In his time in Mt. Juliet, he had developed relationships with many less fortunate children in the area. So, a few months ago, he decided to get them off on the right foot for the school year. That culminated Monday when Allen delivered 20 backpacks to 11 different homes for children starting school this week. 

“It’s about giving back and reaching out,” said Allen. 

Allen said the children had expressed to him their academic goals, and what they wanted to be, so he wanted to help them achieve those goals. 

Allen had help from Evidence Technician Sandy Dempsey, local Girl Scout troops who donated items and the MJPD Community Policing Division helped him accomplish his goal. 

Allen said he will be doing this every year, and will do some other fundraisers in the community. He hopes to partner with Mt. Juliet Help Center to get food out to needy families later in the year.