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We’re Not Sure We See This Ending Well.

The Delray Beach Police Department is proudly touting their latest vehicle added to their fleet.

It’s an ice cream truck.

The idea sounds great.

An ice cream truck is something I’ve been contemplating for quite some time now,” said Police Chief Javaro Sims.

Sims said he was looking for a new way for his officers to relate with the community.

“We must continue to find ways to break down those invisible barriers we continue to deal with on a daily basis within our communities,” Sims said.

And Sims decided ice cream could knock down those barriers.

The plan for the ice cream truck is pretty simple: it’s just going to show up in Delray Beach communities.

“Hopefully, when the music comes on, we’re going to get kids running out of their doors and wanting ice cream,” Sims said.

And Sims said he’s hoping the adults will follow.

The idea is for everyone to grab some free ice cream and maybe also grab a little conversation. That allows the officers to get to know the people and allows the people to get to know the officers.

“This ice cream is only another means of us staying engaged with our community, building those relationships with our community,” Sims said.

We get it. We really do.

The police are trying to create a positive perception in the community. After the past few years of being brutalized by events and the media, we can see the need for good cops wanting to be seen in a good light.

But doesn’t this go against the basic teaching of kids never going up to a vehicle that is giving something away?

What happens when someone comes along, plays the same music causing the kids to rush into the street for more free ice cream and instead are snatched away by some unknown person?

A few years ago, a police department was stopping cars and giving out ice cream:

We wrote on another blog that was critical of the program that we thought it was pretty cool. (No pun intended.)

The blog was run by a defense lawyer who asked “What gives the police the right to pull over anyone for an ice cream? What happens if the car bolts? What happens if the guy in the front seat is a wanted felon who decides to open up on the unsuspecting cop? What happens if there is an unregistered gun on the floor or a huge bag of drugs that can be seen? Does the cop do anything? Can the cop do anything since the stop was illegal to begin with?”

The lawyer had a point. While the police were thinking they were doing a good thing, the laws of unintended consequences may kick in.

We wonder if the same will happen with the ice cream truck.

Delray Beach is not the only department to go this route:

Who wouldn’t want some yummy ice cream in the heat of the day? (Unless you are lactose intolerant or something.)

But it is all fun and games until someone gets hurt.

Perhaps we are being too cynical here. We admit that.

We just hope no one ever gets hurt.

A child being hurt or kidnapped because of some ice cream is a steep price to pay for community relations.

In all seriousness, we hope nothing goes wrong and citizens can see good police in a different light.



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