LOWELL, MICHIGAN - Lowell Police Department was in the holiday spirit when they put their action plan together.
Police officers at designated areas pulled over unsuspecting motorists for minor driving infractions. During each stop, the officer (outfitted with a hidden camera) struck up a conversation about what they (and their kids) would like for Christmas.
"Most of the contact police officers have with the general public is during a traffic stop. And you can find out a lot about that person in that 10 to 15 minute window - whether they are having a good day, a bad day, or a horrible day. And then we got this idea. 'What if we could change that person's day in real time? What if we could change that person's day right now?'" said Steve Bukala, Lowell Police Chief in a Youtube video posted by the City of Lowell.
Using radios and magic elves, the motorists were surprised when their wish list was delivered.