Officer Friendly’s Book Club
Officer Friendly’s Book Club pairs local law enforcement officers and early learning centers together to promote literacy. Forty three early learning centers and three law enforcement agencies in Pinellas County participate in the program, where a uniformed officer visits each school on a monthly basis for 30 minutes. “Officer Friendly” reads a book to the children and talks to them about safety and community, and the book is donated to the center at the end of the visit. After the officer leaves, centers debrief the book using curriculum and activities provided by the Early Learning Coalition. The shared reading experiences promote a love of reading and build positive relationships between our youngest citizens and law enforcement.