Police reward children for reading

SOUTH BEND Children in South Bend are "getting booked" by police in a program that has them reading for rewards.

Officer Derek Dieter hands out books from the trunk of his car as part of a community relations program. The program called "Get Booked" challenges students to complete book reports. Once a child completes five reports, he or she gets tickets to events such as minor league baseball games.

Dieter says he's trying to get kids to run toward his police car instead of running away from it. He wants them to see him coming and not be afraid.

At one of the stops by Dieter's "policemobile," Presidential Playhouse director Joyce Grady says the program helps children overcome fear of police and reinforces the importance of reading.

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