Last Thursday, 19-year-old Christian Bowers saw his lifelong dream come true when he was sworn in as an honorary sheriff's deputy in Miller's County, Missouri. A friend of the Bower's family, who wanted to remain anonymous, sent an email to the sheriff's office to let them know about Christian's dream of becoming a cop. All the "friend" wanted to know was, if Christian could ride around in a police car with other cops, or if there was something they could find for Christian to do on a volunteer basis?
Sheriff Louis Gregoire wanted to know more about this surprising young man, and after a phone call to the family he decided that there was definitely something that he could do to make Christian's dream come true.
Sheriff Gregoire then contacted the county clerk to see if they could have Christian sworn in as an honorary deputy. He figured that since all official deputies are sworn in, that they would give Christian the exact same experience.
“He wants to ride along and he will get to ride along,” Gregoire said. Christian will also take part in SWAT training activities, and the department will also find other ways to make sure Christian is included as much as possible.
This will also include all staff parties, and any function that deputies are included in. Whenever Christian is called to do his newly-sworn duty, an officer will pick him up and drive him home in a cruiser.
“He is going to hang out with me and the deputies. He wants to be the boss for a while and I will let him do that, too. See how it works,” Gregoire said smiling.
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