Body Worn Video Steering Group
Earlier this month, in Kansas City, Missouri, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department was out looking for people. And when they spotted a subject, they went after them, in a sting operation the likes of which this country has never seen.
What made this operation especially unusual was the man behind it: a fellow in a red hat — known to these men only as “Secret Santa.” As an added bonus, it was all captured on body worn video.
Every year this anonymous, wealthy businessman gives out about a hundred thousand dollars worth of hundred dollar bills to random strangers. But this year, instead of doing it all himself, he deputized these deputies to give away much of it.
As always, creating moments like that is the main mission here. But this year “Secret Santa” also had a secret agenda.
“What do you want the officers to get out of this?” one reporter asked him.
“Joy,” he answered. “You know, as tough as they are they have hearts that are bigger than the world.”
Let’s face it, it hasn’t been a good year for law enforcement — but for the vast majority of decent officers who will never make headlines — Secret Santa offered this gift.
A chance to be bearer of good news for a change, a chance to really help the homeless, to thank the law-abiders, to see hands up in celebration and then be assaulted in the best possible way.
“There were a lot of hugs. Our body cameras took a real beating, but it was worth it — just to see people trust again and to see cops surrender.”