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Small town's police force handing out ribbons to support different causes

These are the ribbons officers are distributing. They are pink to show support for Breast Cancer victims and researchers, and purple to remember Domestic Violence victims and support services to help them. (Source: Wilson Police Department) These are the ribbons officers are distributing. They are pink to show support for Breast Cancer victims and researchers, and purple to remember Domestic Violence victims and support services to help them. (Source: Wilson Police Department)
In the month of October, Wilson, Louisiana police officers will carry special purple and pink ribbons to hand out to people they meet while on patrol.  The US Census Community Survey showed Wilson had 579 people in 2013. (Source: Wilson Police Department) In the month of October, Wilson, Louisiana police officers will carry special purple and pink ribbons to hand out to people they meet while on patrol. The US Census Community Survey showed Wilson had 579 people in 2013. (Source: Wilson Police Department)
WILSON, LA (WAFB) -

People who are caught speeding in Wilson, Louisiana in East Feliciana Parish may get a ribbon to pin on their lapel instead of a ticket.

Wilson Police officers are giving out free pink and purple ribbons for the entire month of October.

"The mayor and aldermen were given a ribbon at the recent town meeting as well as all guests," said Tammy Garig of the Wilson Police Department.

"Officers have responded to the idea real well, I just wanted to make everybody aware of it," said Police Chief Kenneth Stewart.

Encouraging people to think about breast cancer could encourage timely medical testing.

Chief Stewart said their village has also seen a number of domestic violence cases recently.

"We had a couple of recent cases. Night before last, I believe we had one. The situation was with the mother and husband. The husband punched her in the face. She ran and locked herself in the bathroom, until the police came," said Stewart.

Three Wilson police officers attend State Police training in Baton Rouge every year for domestic violence.

"They teach them how to gather evidence," Chief Stewart said. "They make sure they get info on how they get victim assistance. And ask if the victims need to be transported somewhere."

Chief Stewart devotes those three officers are sent when the crime scene involves domestic violence.

As for all officers, they may pass them out in local businesses, around town, and the chief said yes, even when they pull someone over.

"Right now, what we're doing, if they're not really doing badly we'll just give them a ribbon instead of a ticket," said Stewart.

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