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The Benicia Police Department in California gifted a 19-year-old with a bicycle after one officer discovered that the teenager was commuting to work by walking two hours each way.
Jourdan Duncan, who lives in the next town over, took to walking after his car broke down in May.
“I don’t want to feel like I’m a burden to people so I take the initiative to handle myself and where I need to go from point A to point B,” Duncan told KTVU.
“It’s four hours all together,” Duncan said. “I got used to the walk. It’s not hard to walk.”
On Sept. 17, Duncan’s commuting habits were noticed by Benicia Police Corporal Kirk Keffer, who offered the teenager a ride home.
During the ride, Duncan told Keffer that he dreamed of becoming a California Highway Patrol officer. Keffer was deeply impressed by his determination and discipline.
On Sept. 19, members of the Benicia Police Officers Association (POA) arrived to Duncan’s workplace with a new mountain bike.
“We talked as a union and the board unanimously approved it,” said Sgt. James Laughter, President of the local chapter. “And we started the process of purchasing the bike.”
In addition to the new mode of transportation, Duncan was gifted with a helmet, a bicycle light and free tune ups.
“There’s not a lot of 18-year-olds out there that have this dedication we just wanted to make sure he know[s] how much I appreciated what he’s doing,” Keffer said.
The Benicia Police Department shared photos of officers presenting the bike to Duncan on their official Facebook page.
“You never know someone’s story until you talk to them — a young man’s work ethic and determination moved our officers to help him with his future,” the police department wrote in the post.
Duncan expressed gratitude for the gift, noting that he could now make his commute in half the time.
“You know, not all officers are bad,” Duncan said.
The kind gesture by the officers arrived during a time of tension between law enforcement and communities of color.
California is already taking dramatic steps to help build trust between law enforcement and minority communities. Under new state law, all 800 California police departments will have to catalog every incident where an officer uses force using an online tool, Fox News reports.
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