Adopt-A-Cop program shows support for law enforcement

Posted at 6:09 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 18:54:22-04

MSP Trooper Mark Kellar always has the support of his friends and family after his unpredictable days on the job, but now there's someone else in his corner. His name is Rob Mehall, an IT systems director at automotive supply
company, Osirius in Troy.

"I just want to be there if he ever needs anything," says Mehall. "I'm happy that they're doing it," Trooper Kellar.

Both men met for the first time today as part of the "Adopt-A-Cop" program. Mehall "adopted" Trooper Kellar.

Former MSP Trooper Kenneth Rochell, along with another trooper, began the Adopt-A-Cop program in 2007. It has since spread to 24 states and to other countries.

"There's a need, and the need is that we come together. We're stronger when we're together," says Rochell.

The program encourages those who "adopt" a cop to write them a few letters a year, pray for them and hopefully meet face to face at one of its events.

"We look different, sound different, come from different cultures, but when it comes down to it, the bottom line, we're all the same," says Trooper Kellar.

If you want to learn more about the program or get involved in Adopt-A-Cop, go to