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Ask Now: Do police officers still give out baseball cards?

School Resource Officer Joel Kutz holds a display of 2013 Green Bay Packers football cards. Police officers soon will be handing out 2014 cards all over the city.

School Resource Officer Joel Kutz holds a display of 2013 Green Bay Packers football cards. Police officers soon will be handing out 2014 cards all over the city.

July 29, 2014

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Do police officers still distribute baseball cards?

Issue: Our reader wondered if the "tradition" still exists.

"I remember growing up shouting "baseball cards" whenever a police car passed by and often the car would stop and the officer(s) inside would hand out baseball cards to me and my friends. Do they still do that?"

Status: The tradition continues with a twist.

The Brewers discontinued the card program in 2013, but the Packers continue to participate. Those cards are expected to be available late summer or early fall.

Printing depends on a sponsor. Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Services sponsored in 2013. Each card includes four-color photo of the player with his number, position and a brief bio — and a safety tip.

Cards are printed in entire rosters. Officers distribute a few at a time as a conversation starter, said Wauwatosa Police Lt. Chris Fox. Collectors have an opportunity to meet on a friendly basis with officers to get the entire pack.

"It's a way for us to get in front of the kids in a positive way," Fox said. "It's a popular program. When we get them in the department, you see officers grab a bundle at a time before they go out on patrol."

Laura Laurishke of the Community Support Division said the Packer card program is in its 32nd year and Wauwatosa has been a partner since 1995. The Brewers began their card program in 1983 and the city first participated in 1992.

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