A police officer from North Carolina is making headlines for helping a troubled high school student with autism.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department posted a photo on Facebook of officer Tim Purdy sitting on the ground and conversing with the young man, who has neuro-developmental disorder and a history of displaying violent behavior.
Purdy connected with the student and gained his trust by sitting next to him and making him laugh.
The department stated in its post: “Officer Purdy established trust and a relationship that allowed officers to get this young man the help that he so desperately needed.
“There’s more to policing than making arrests and enforcing the law. Sometimes taking those extra little steps makes the biggest difference in someone’s life.”
Officer Purdy describes the situation:
Over 43 million people have seen the image since it was posted on May 13, and the department noted, “The outpouring of support and dialogue the image has opened has been nothing short of amazing. A lot of people have commended Officer Purdy for his actions but this is something that police officers do every single day. This encounter just happened to be captured on camera.”