Williams designs trading cards to introduce police officers

MADISON – Abbey Williams visualized an imaginative way to earn the Gold Award in Girl Scouts. She organized “Team Blue Blaze,” a community engagement program for law enforcement.

Williams, a junior at Athens Bible School, launched her “Team Blue Blaze campaign to shed a more heroic light on police officers. Recently, it seems like there is a negative attitude toward the police. Research shows that youth-to-police interaction makes the biggest impact on attitudes toward the police in later life.”

For each team officer, Williams produced trading cards, similar to baseball cards, for youth to collect. Melanie Kolowski Photography took photos, and Jerry Bryant with Zellus Marketing created a video.

After starting in Athens, her hometown, Williams then invited Madison police officers. She met with Investigator Teresa Taylor-Duncan, Community Relations Officer with Madison Police Department, and Chief David Jernigan suggested officers for Team Blue Blaze.

“Each officer will get 500 copies of their cards. When they see a kid or attend an event, they can hand out cards. The police department’s auxiliary fund for community relations paid for printing,” Williams said.

On the cards’ backs, Williams included questions/answers from elementary students that she visited at school:

* Where did you train to become a police officer?

* What do you do when you are not at work?

* What’s your favorite movie?

Taylor-Duncan said Abbey’s project defines community policing. “Bridging the gap between the community and law enforcement through interaction and allowing youth to communicate directly with officers provide a conduit to repairing the image of policing created by media outlets and social media programs,” Taylor-Duncan said.

“I believe the community will be extremely receptive to the program as our city strives to promote cohesiveness between law enforcement and the citizens we serve,” Taylor-Duncan said. “Acting as role models for children allows us the opportunity to provide real-life exposure to the challenges we face, creating a better understanding of what law enforcement really is.”

In addition, Williams created a website with project details, scoutingforgold.com. She added a downloadable template for other departments to join the ‘team.’

This venture allowed Abbey to honor her brother Eli, who died of cancer. Eli admired police officers, and Abbey is working to reverse any negative perception toward law enforcers.

Abbey’s parents are Vic and Kristie Williams, and siblings are Hannah Grace, 18, and Caleb, 11. Vic works as a software engineer. Kristie is director of Eli’s Block Party Childhood Cancer Foundation. The Williamses are members of Madison Church of Christ.

Abbey participates in Limestone Lead, Beta Club, Lads to Leaders, Science Club and yearbook staff. Currently, she plans to attend Harding University.

Madison

Heritage honors Katie Scruggs as ‘Teacher of the Year’

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones, Mill Creek Greenpower race teams take national titles at Talladega

Harvest

UAH workshop: Turn fear into business savvy

Bob Jones High School

Notable number of MCS students place at state in Reflections

James Clemens High School

James Clemens collects honors at tech students’ conference

Madison

Schools select Super Citizens in Liberty Legacy study

James Clemens High School

Ellenburg named ‘Staff Member of the Year’ at Columbia

Bob Jones High School

Digital version of The Madison Record – May 22, 2024

Bob Jones High School

Samantha Chan Selected Presidential Scholar- Uses Swimming And Academics To Perfection

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Cotton Row Run 2024 Set For Memorial Day Morning

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Disc Golf Alive And Well In Madison

Madison

Third infant surrendered at Madison Safe Haven Baby Box

Bob Jones High School

“Where It Belongs”- The Bob Jones Patriots Earn Baseball State Championship

James Clemens High School

Liberty’s Shravan Balaji wins ‘Best of Fair Award’ in regional science fair

Events

Trash Pandas hosting Elvis tribute night contest on May 21

James Clemens High School

French, Latin students at James Clemens excel in testing

Harvest

Enable Madison County announces needed asset at event

James Clemens High School

Koswoski awarded Department of Alabama’s ‘VFW Scout of the Year’

James Clemens High School

Lilliann Markowitz achieves top rank in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Sea Cadets

Bob Jones High School

Madison’s JROTC cadets challenged in Rocket City Rivalry Day

James Clemens High School

McDaniel, Stundtner, Vaughn and Woodard earn national grants

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – May 15, 2024

Madison

Bob Jones bests Central-Phenix City in opening game of State Championship

Bob Jones bests Central-Phenix City in opening game of State Championship

Harvest

TARCOG’s Senior Fun Fest moves to Agribition Center at Alabama A&M University

x