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According to Mike McCain with the Cleveland Police Department, people who call in tips solve five to ten crimes a year.
There was some confusion as Capt. Mike McCain with the Cleveland Police Department said they were called in by the high school for assistance during a fire drill.McCain said he didn't know why the media would cover a fire drill.However, when a teacher and McCain said that the media could not go out to the football field where the children had been "secured."
Board Member Mike McCain, who is also the sergeant of special operations for the Cleveland Police Department, said he will have programs in schools on littering. "Kids will, in turn, bug their parents about litter," he said."I have a case of Don't Litter Books to distribute as well."
And this semester would have been even more limited had it not been for the support of Cleveland Police Captain Mike McCain, the D.A.R.E. program administrator for the Cleveland School District.
McCain, who has been working with D.A.R.E. in Cleveland since 1995, loaned Harris hundreds of student books, T-shirts and medals. "It benefits the whole community when we can get all the kids in this county through the program," said McCain. "The more students we can reach the better so we can help kids make good choices." McCain said an assessment on each paid misdemeanor crime in Cleveland helps fund the crime prevention fund for the city, thus contributing greatly to the D.A.R.E. budget. "We let the people who pay for these fines pay for the program," he said. "Hopefully the county can adopt something similar so we can really grow this thing." Harris is still hopeful of instituting the curriculum at two schools each semester next school year, but funding for new books will be a necessity when the loaned ones are returned to McCain this spring.
For 18 years Captain Mike McCain has worked diligently to put smiles on the faces of many children during the police department's annual Shop with a Cop campaign.
McCain said that he was inspired to begin this program after being contacted by a Wal-Mart manager in 1995. "The manager contacted me about doing something special for children around Christmas. I felt that the biggest problem that we would face was money but he agreed to come up with the money and he wanted me to find the kids," said McCain. "We began with $300 and we took care of about five kids. It just took off from there," he added. According to McCain, when the program began he would visit the Department of Health and Human Services, seeking children in need of Christmas joy and after people became familiar with the program, he began receiving suggestions and requests from individuals in the community. "I see people all the time who recommend children or families to me. It's not an exact science but we try to find out who may not have a Christmas," he said. McCain said that the goal of the program is to allow children to become familiar with police officers and it gives officers a chance to interact with children in the community. We try to get them some clothes but I also make sure that they get something that they really want," said McCain. "I let the parents play a little role in selecting items for the kids but I ask them not to actually pick the gift for the child," he added. McCain said that the program receives donations from multiple sources. "In Bolivar County we have some of the most generous individuals. We have had farmers who have written checks for Shop with a Cop and they didn't even blink," McCain said. "I had a business owner who just threw a stack of money to me and it just blew my mind! They don't ask for any type of recognition, they just give from out of the goodness of their hearts. We have a heartfelt community that gives during this time of the year," he added. McCain said that left over funds roll over to be used for the next year and are placed in the Cleveland city budget. Although the program is up and thriving now, according to McCain there was a time when funds were a bit low and he didn't know where he would receive money to continue his efforts. "About eight or nine years ago, I didn't have any money but after a story was ran in the Bolivar Commercial and picked up by other media outlets, I began receiving money from places that I would have never imagined. People began sending me money from Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama and even Georgia-checks just started coming in," he said. The campaign is set for Dec. 16 through Dec. 21. McCain and other law officials around the county will meet with children and their parents at Wal-Mart around 4 p.m. everyday except Saturday. "On Saturday we will conclude Shop with a Cop with children that were selected by Sergeant Kelvin Brown from the Mound Bayou Police Department, he usually selects around 15 kids," McCain added.