A few months ago, Mt. Juliet police Officer Anthony Allen sought to help less-fortunate children in the community where he serves.
On Monday, that effort will come full circle.
According to police spokesperson Tyler Chandler, Allen’s initiative started the Mt. Juliet Police Department’s Back-To-School Backpack program with the help of evidence technician Sandy Dempsey, local Girl Scout troops and the department’s community policing division.
Chandler said Allen accomplished his goal, and he and other officers will deliver 20 backpacks to 11 Mt. Juliet households Monday.
“Allen, who grew up in a low-income environment in Florida, always had the desire to be in law enforcement,” Chandler said. “He credits this desire from positive relationships police officers made with him while he was a child.”
Chandler said Allen came to Tennessee on a football scholarship to Cumberland University and graduated with a criminal justice degree. He became a Mt. Juliet officer in 2011.
“He serves with a positive attitude and has developed strong relationships with many less-fortunate children in our community – just like police officers did with him while he was less fortunate,” Chandler said.