“Most of the contact that police officers have with the general public is on a traffic stop, and you can find out a lot about a person within the 10-15 minutes window—whether they are having a good day, a bad day or a horrible day.
Then we got this idea: ‘What if we could change that person’s day in real-time? What if we could change that person’s day right now?’” said police chief Steve Bukala.
With that idea, the police decided to surprise the people of Lowell, Michigan with the items on their Christmas wish lists.
Under the guise of asking individuals to pull over for minor traffic violations, the officers would first speak to the drivers to find out what they want for Christmas this year, before handing out the presents to them at the end of the chat.