Today, NOPD officers and members of Superintendent Michael Harrison’s staff had the opportunity to make life a little sweeter for 5-year-old Reginald Batiste.
Sergeant Christopher Prochaska learned about Batiste through a Facebook post. Batiste and his family are members of Angel’s Place, a charity for families with children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.
Batiste recently lost one of his eldest brothers due to a terminal illness. Although he has experienced some tough times, he continues to have his goal set on becoming a police officer.
Batiste had the opportunity to take a tour of NOPD Headquarters. He also completed paperwork in recruitment, he met with Chief Michael Harrison, he was sworn in by Capt. Earnest Demma and last, but not least, he completed physical training at the Training Academy. After a very busy day, Batiste officially became an honorary NOPD officer.
“The best thing about this job is being able to do something nice for little boys and girls,” said Prochaska.
The NOPD is grateful to be a part of such a fulfilling experience for Batiste.