Livingston girl shows support for Polk Co. law enforcement

Livingston girl shows support for Polk Co. law enforcement
Source: KTRE staff
Source: KTRE staff
Source: KTRE staff
Source: KTRE staff

LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - Kayla Atkinson may be small on the outside, but on the inside she is completely different.

"She's a class act with a big heart," said Polk County Lt. Mark Jones.

Last Friday Atkinson gave Polk County officers a small gift that went a long way. Atkinson asked her mom to take her to the sheriff's office so she could give officers a special ceremony and gave them all cards with encouraging messages.

Atkinson said her inspiration for the cards came from an inspirational video by titled, "Dear officer, I see you."

"I didn't want little kids to think that officers were bad and horrible," Atkinson said. "I just wanted them to know that officers are there for you and will always stick by your side."

Jones keeps his note on the wall with his Texas flag.

"It's pretty special knowing that there are some people that do care," Jones said. "A third grader recognizing that officer's care makes you feel warm."

Livingston police Lt. Matt Parish said his note of encouragement hasn't left his desk.

"It says thank you and I believe in you," Parish said. "It has a little picture of a puppy and dear officer and stuff like that."

Despite months of protest across the nation against police officers, Atkinson said her opinion has not changed and that's something special to Polk County law enforcement.

"It is very touching and for officers it does build their morale a bit to know that the community is supporting them, because the officers are supporting the community," Parish said.

Atkinson said her only goal is for her message of love to spread across East Texas.

"I used to think that they were scary but as I got older, I liked them and thought that they were cool," Atkinson said.

To see the entire video that inspired Atkinson, click here.

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