Meet “Little Chief” Cruz

Boyer Children's Clinic alumni is honored as “Chief for a Day.”

Thanks to the Seattle Police Department (SPD), one lucky Boyer Children's Clinic alumni received an incredible opportunity to participate in the “Chief for a Day” Program. This unique initiative was launched by SPD as not only a unique way to connect with law enforcement, but to also celebrate children with special needs or illnesses.

Cruz, age 4, was selected by the University of Washington Police to represent the department as their “Little Chief.” He was treated to a special tour of the UWPD, met with officers and staff, was fitted for his very own police uniform, and he and his siblings received backpacks filled with school supplies for the upcoming year.

Then, on Tuesday, August 18th, Cruz and his family were able to participate in the “Chief for a Day” celebration. The morning started with a motorcade from the ShoWare Center in Kent to the Police Academy in Burien where he rode in a police car and waived to the crowds. Next was a formal “swearing-in” ceremony for all Little Chiefs, followed by a variety of activities for the entire family, including helicopters, SWAT vehicles, K9 demonstrations, food and face painting.

“Thank you Chief Vinson, Mike, Sue and everyone at the UWPD and little chief organization for making one of the most memorable and special days for our whole family!” said Cruz’s mother, Annaleis. “My heart still swells thinking back to that day and just how special it was. We as a family still can't stop talking about how amazing that day was! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for everything!”

To see more photos of this special day, please visit the University of Washington Police Department’s Facebook page. Thank you, UWPD, for honoring Boyer alumni Cruz, and giving his family this wonderful experience!