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You could be the lucky recipient of a holiday bonus over the next few weeks if you’re on your best behavior.
Some generous Teton County philanthropists have given a “substantial amount” of money to local law enforcement to hand out to residents this holiday season.
“I have received cash from some anonymous donors to give out to people prior to the holidays,” Teton County Sheriff Jim Whalen told the Jackson Hole Daily.
Sheriff Whalen wouldn’t disclose how much money was donated but said there’s enough for officers to hand out $50 to $100 at a time.
Deputies, officers and troopers will be on the lookout this month for people doing good deeds, Whalen said.
“It could be almost anything,” the sheriff added.
For example, it could be a person who helps someone out of a snowbank, exercises good driving habits, calls dispatch with helpful public safety information or even witnesses a crime.
“It might even just be someone who is down on their luck,” Whalen said. “This is all about spreading goodwill in almost any way we can.”
The cash blitz will likely start in the next week, once the sheriff and his team “put a proper accounting mechanism in place,” Whalen said.
A similar operation took place last year, also thanks to donations.
“It’s a wonderful thing,” Whalen said.
The donors wished to remain anonymous, he added, but are all Jackson Hole residents.
originally posted by: the owlbear
Who is to say the cop doesn't pocket it? Or the force en masse?
Police shouldn't be giving out cash rewards for what they view as kindness or decency.
I'm sure the money will run dry through their families "doing kind acts"
For the past two years, troopers with the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment have handed out ten $100 bills to random motorists during December. The $1,000 was provided by an anonymous donor who “wanted to spread good cheer,” Detachment Commander Sgt. D.W. Miller said.
However, Ash said that the recent West Virginia Supreme Court ruling in State v. Feicht affirms that pulling a motorist over without probable cause or articulable suspicion is an “illegal stop.”
In the memo to law enforcement agencies, Ash wrote: “Although the reception of the motorists seems to be uniformly positive to receiving such gifts, I need to warn you that the power to effect a stop of a vehicle is akin to an arrest and that should never be done without an articulable suspicion that a crime has been committed or is being committed in the presence of the officer. A West Virginia Supreme Court decision announced ... Feb. 25 makes clear that such a stop, even for a good cause, is not permitted.”
Ash titled his memo, “My role as Scrooge.”
The high court case did not involve a “Santa stop,” but an incident in Monongalia County in which an officer stopped a motorist to ask him if he had seen a suspect in a domestic violence incident who was on foot. The motorist was then cited for driving on a revoked license and driving under the influence.
Miller said they will target “minor infractions,” and give drivers warning tickets that do not carry monetary fines.
“We really enjoy doing it,” Miller said, noting that some troopers volunteer their time to participate in the “Santa Stops.”
“It spreads good cheer, and helps everybody out during the holidays,” Miller said. “We feel like we can continue with the custom and stay within the boundaries of what the Supreme Court has ruled.”