Spotlight on Law Enforcement February 2019

February 2019 Officer Spotlight

Sheriff’s deputy building relationships one bicycle at a time

By Jennifer Franciotti, News Anchor, Reporter, WBALTV, February 7, 2019

For the last two years, Khalid Mitchell has bought bicycles that are given away as prizes at a high school basketball game.

Mitchell is a senior deputy with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, and he’s the school resource officer at Joppatowne High School.

“(It’s all) for the kids. Everything is for the kids,” Mitchell said.

Thanks to Mitchell, a 12-year-old girl has a new bicycle.

“It was kind of surprising because you would think kids would get candy, but you got a bike,” said Kimani Davenport, who won the bicycle.

Kimani, along with another young boy, recently won bicycles during a basketball game where Mitchell and a teacher hosted the second annual Good Citizenship Contest as a way to give kids a positive interaction with law enforcement officers.

“Community is first with me, and I think how you affect and change a community, you have to start with the young ones,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell pays for the bikes out of his own pocket but said it’s totally worth it.

“That’s a small sacrifice for the results you get out of something like this,” Mitchell said.

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