La Crosse police officers to give kids REACH bags during times of crisis

LA CROSSE (WKBT) – The La Crosse Police Department is helping give children security when they need it most.

The department received 25 First Responder REACH bags that officers can give to kids during an emergency.

AT&T and Kwik Trip are providing the bags to the department.

Each bag has a variety of children’s books.

Police Capt. Avrie Schott said the bags provide children comfort in times of crisis.

“We all know that that comfort moment we talk about, what brings us comfort, sometimes just that quiet read of that book,” Schott said. “And hopefully this will provide even our officers to take the time and maybe sit down with that child.”

The bags will be put into all of the department’s squad cars, she said.

Local sheriffs, EMTs and firefighters also will be given bags to help children.

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