Friday, November 22, 2013

Macy's Festival of Lights: My Remarks

Thank you, and trust me when I say…this is a happier occasion than some of the ones you find on a police chief's schedule. I'm glad to be here for the official start of the holiday season in St. Louis

I'm glad because this is something that brings people together. Whatever you believe, however you worship, whichever days on the calendar you celebrate, there's something in this season for everybody to enjoy. 

It doesn't matter which holidays you celebrate or which is your favorite. Maybe it's Thanksgiving, maybe it's Christmas, maybe it's Hanukah or Kwanzaa, maybe it's New Year's, or maybe you just like getting a little time off from work.What matters is: this time of the year is supposed to be nice, and people are supposed to be nice to each other.

Unfortunately…not everyone gets the message, and that's why we have the police.

There are a few Grinches out there looking to steal Christmas…or anything else they can get their hands on, and it's important that we do our best to stop them.

While you're out there shopping, ice skating, sledding or just driving back and forth to visit loved ones, we'll be out there trying to make sure you stay safe and feel safe.

We can't do it alone. To succeed, our anti-Grinch initiative also needs YOUR help as citizens.

You can accomplish a lot just by using common sense:
  • Don't leave your valuables in plain sight when you park your car.
  • Don't drink and drive.
  • Don't use illegal drugs.
  • Have fun WITHOUT guns.
  • Be considerate to others.
There are no guarantees in life, but if you follow those rules…you can avoid most of the trouble that's out there.

For everything else, you have the police department. And we never take the day off.

Finally, I should mention that in law enforcement we have a lot of information-sharing partnerships these days, so…when it comes to keeping the list of who's naughty and nice, let's just say we remain in very close contact with our North Pole source. 

So try to stay off the naughty list.

Have a safe and happy holiday season. Merry Christmas, and happy holidays to everyone in St. Louis.

Fire Chief Jenkerson, Santa and Chief Dotson at the Macy's Festival of Lights 2013

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