By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Police chief plays Santa in Carlton

Starla Pointer / News-Register
Police Chief Kevin Martinez hands out stuffed animals and candy to Carlton youngsters.

It was the second year Martinez played Santa as part of his community policing efforts. Distributing stuffed bears and candy gave him a chance to get to know more youngsters and their parents in a friendly, non-threatening way, he said.

The bears came from Kay’s Jewelers, which offers its customers a chance to donate gifts for children. Some of the gifts go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital; others go to law enforcement and other helping agencies for distribution to youngsters in the community.

The Carlton police department contributed candy packages with safety information, puzzles and games and a junior police identification badge.

Children were excited to see the police chief and accept the gifts. Little Carter Comella, who just turned 2, was especially happy — not just by the stuffed bear, but by the police car itself. He was all smiles as the police chief showed him the inside.

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