Today, the Southeast Division Neighborhood Police Officers (NPO) made a special delivery. As part of their community outreach, NPOs monitor the “Ring” chat shared by neighbors regarding information relating to suspicious activity and/or crime that is captured on Ring cameras in their area.
Senior Corporal Bernardo Bueno read some chatter amongst neighbors in the Fireside community regarding an 11-year-old’s bicycle being taken from her home. Senior Corporal Bueno got together with the rest of the NPOs in his unit and together, they collected enough money to purchase a new bicycle for the 11-year-old named Isabel. When the bicycle arrived, the entire Southeast NPO Unit helped make the delivery.
“As a unit, we wanted to do something nice for Isabel and our community. I had a bicycle as a kid and wouldn’t have wanted someone to take mine. I felt we had to do something.” Senior Corporal Bueno expressed.
Marcos Vargas, Isabel’s father, said “When we realized it was taken, my daughter was very upset. We felt like our little piece of freedom had been taken. Because of the pandemic, it’s hard to go places so riding bikes was our family’s escape. We are happy and excited that we can go out riding bikes as a family again.”
The department is proud to have officers who come together to make a difference in the community they serve.