Captain Petula Sellars of the High Point Police Department is being recognized for her leadership of the department’s “Angels in Blue” program. Beginning in 2014, while Sellars was supervising School Resource Officers, her team of SROs identified three school students whose needs were critical. With Sellars’ leadership, the SRO team “adopted” these three students and their families for Christmas and provided them with gifts as well as basic need items for the family.
This effort had such a positive impact on the three families and the students involved that the decision was made to grow the program. Over the past five years, the number of recipient families has grown. In 2019, 23 families received assistance. As the program has grown, so has the number of High Point police officers who are participating in the planning, fund raising, gift purchasing, present wrapping and delivery to the homes of the families being helped.
In addition to the internal efforts of the High Point Police Department, Sellars has worked to include outside participation from businesses, organizations and individuals, resulting in a collaborative partnership between the police and the community.
Captain Sellars joined the High Point Police Department in 2002. She has served as patrol officer, a field training officer, recruiting officer, a major crimes detective, patrol supervisor, school resource supervisor, and is currently serving as a patrol commander.
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