GRAYSON – The Fraternal Order of Police is more than just a social group for law enforcement officers. It's a group that tries to give back to the communities it serves. This includes reaching out to help school children, as the group did with their recent backpack program to benefit children in need.

“It’s a good day any time you are able to do something for kids,” said Carter County Jailer R.W. Boggs of the program. “By the nature of our business, every day is certainly not always a good day. So you have to savor these moments."

Various law enforcement organizations across Carter County came together to support these efforts, deciding to focus their attention and their fundraising on the schools.

“We needed to decide how to best use the funds to help kids,” said Carter County Sheriff Jeff May. “It was decided that the FOP would start a backpack program in lieu of others possibilities like shop with a cop at Christmas or other options. You have to pick something and to our members this made sense and where we can make a good impact.”

Boggs added that members of the FOP have been very diligent in their efforts to get this program off the ground.

“We have a great group of guys and everyone came to the table to get this done. Jeff May is our President and he has done an outstanding job along with Vice President Tony Cantrell and Treasurer/Secretary Shannon Blevins in securing the school supplies and backpacks for the program. I know Olive Hill Police Chief Bobby Hall and Dick Williams were big players in the raising of funds. All members have been very active in this effort and I don’t want to leave anyone out.”

The participating agencies in the local FOP include the Carter County Sheriff's Department, Carter County Detention Center, Grayson PD, Olive Hill PD, Carter County Attorneys Office, KY Fish and Wildlife, KY Attorney General, KY Alcohol Beverage Control, and KY Dept of Corrections.

Boggs said the FOP also wished to express their gratitude to the local Rite Aid, in particular Lori Knipp, “for going above and beyond helping us to secure the packs and supplies at a generous discount, and traveling to most of the Rite Aids in eastern Kentucky to make sure we had enough.”

If you would like to help support this program financially the FOP asks you to contact Shannon Blevins at 255-0789. Their goal is to expand this program into all schools in Carter County, to include the middle schools and high schools, as well as to expand the number of supplies in each pack.

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