Neatly dressed in khaki uniforms that came with police badges, shiny shoes and belts, five terminally ill children took charge of the Bengaluru police department and the Commissioner’s office for a day. It was a dream come true for the five children, who wished to grow up to be a police officer.
The wishes of the children — four boys and one girl — were fulfilled thanks to the joint efforts of the police department and Make a Wish Foundation, a voluntary organisation working to fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.
Before entering the Commissioner’s office, the children were given a ceremonial welcome by the police when they arrived at the Bengaluru Police Headquarters. They were then taken on a tour to see the police control room and the dog squad, and were also given walkie talkies and a ride in a police jeep.
The children were allowed to sit in the chair of the Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao and made to sign files.
The children were then treated to a sumptuous snack before they left motivated to become police officers some day. At the end of their visit, they received a guard of honour.
Explaining how the children spent their time at the police headquarters, Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao said, “They handled real weapons and played with real handcuffs. They sat on the police commissioner’s chair and signed some papers. Moreover, the children also played with the K9 Squad (police dogs).”
Pictures of the event, which were shared by the official Twitter handle of the Bengaluru Police, went viral on social media, with many lauding the department’s gesture.
We, BCP fulfilled the dreams of 05 children to be Police Commissioner for a day.@CPBlr Sri. Bhaskar Rao, IPS handed over the charge to the children and motivate them to overcome in their Critical medical conditions. BCP made their Dream Come True. https://t.co/CIGmS5G4r6
— BengaluruCityPolice (@BlrCityPolice) September 9, 2019
All five children are being treated in different hospitals in Bangalore. During their meeting with the NGO’s volunteers, the children said that they were inspired by various actors who played police officers.
Deepak S Bhatia, CEO of Make-A-Wish India, said, “Granting of an innermost cherished wish of a child has a very positive impact on the child and all the stakeholders, including the child’s family, the doctors and all concerned. We are extremely grateful to Mr. Bhaskar Rao for the memorable experience given to these children, which will help us accomplish our aim to Transform Lives, One wish at a time.”