Police donate toys, snacks to MDIC

By: Megan Wood The Press Tribune
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Last month, Santa wasn’t the only one distributing toys to boys and girls. The Roseville Police Officers Association, in conjunction with local Target stores delivered bags of toys, snacks and plush stuffed animals to the Placer County Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center. “It was purely coincidental that this happened at Christmas time,” said RPOA Sargeant Patrick Ganguet. “We’ve known for awhile that we wanted to do something for the MDIC.” The Placer County MDIC interviews young children who have been victims of crimes in a child-friendly atmosphere to minimize the emotional trauma to the child. “The children are encouraged to play with the toys and it’s meant to look like a daycare so the child’s mind is off the fact that they’re being interviewed,” Ganguet said. “It’s more like talking to a friend while they play, anything to take their mind off of their situation.” Ganguet and several members of the Police Officer’s Association received a request from the MDIC for snacks and juices to have on hand for children who come in to be interviewed. “We thought we could do better than that. We deal with situations on a day-to-day basis and see kids that have these things happen to them,” Ganguet said. “This was particularly close to our hearts.” The Police Officers Association purchased $500 worth of toys, coloring books, fruit snacks and juice boxes and the Target store on Fairway Drive in Roseville added an additional $100 in contributions. “It was heartwarming to be able to do this for the center and they were very obviously appreciative,” Ganguet said. Ganguet estimated that the snacks and toys will help an estimated 100 to 150 children interviewed at the center each year.