Business owners introduce 'Heart of the Badge'

Posted at 4:47 PM, Apr 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 16:49:12-04

Heart of the Badge can be described in three words: trust, community and safety. 

“It’s key. Without the support of the community, business people, it’s extraordinarily difficult to do our job. You need to have that two-way cooperation,” says Michigan State Police Post Commander Tony Cuevas.

“In order to have a great community, you need to be safe and secure and that’s what we’re encouraging other businesses to do,” adds J.P. Mahalak, co-owner of Monroe Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Superstore. 

Heart of the Badge is designed to show law enforcement that business owners and residents support them. The group behind the program says a lot of people hear about the negative stories with police; they're now hoping to share some positive ones. 

"We hear a lot about the negative issues but to us that’s a slight microcosm of the great things that we do everyday in and out of law enforcement and serving our communities,” explains Monroe Police Chief Charles McCormick.

If you want to join in the movement you can pick up a free Heart of the Badge window cling on Friday from Monroe Bank and Trust locations in Monroe County and the Monroe Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Superstore.

To find the Monroe Bank and Trust location nearest you, click here:

The dealership is located at 15160 S. Dixie Hwy. in Monroe. 

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