[Watch] Friday Feel Good: Officer Uses Game of Hopscotch to Gain Homeless Girl’s Trust

[Watch] Friday Feel Good: Officer Uses Game of Hopscotch to Gain Homeless Girl’s Trust

Zach Pricer is a good cop.

Published April 1st

One California cop jumped to help a homeless mother and daughter.

Officers Scott Marsh and Zach Pricer were on patrol when they spotted a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot at Cross Park in Huntington Beach on Wednesday morning.

Turns out a mom and her 11-year-old daughter were living out of the car, said Officer Jennifer Marlatt, spokeswoman for the Huntington Beach Police Department.

The police department’s Homeless Task Force was contacted and arrived at the scene to discuss housing arrangements with the mother.

As a way to distract the little girl from the difficult situation her family was in, Pricer took up a game of hopscotch with her.

“It distracted her from an adult problem,” Marlatt said.

“For an 11-year-old girl, to see a police officer towering over her is a scary thing,” said Pricer, a 13-year veteran. “I was trying to break the ice and get her to feel comfortable with me.”  

Mom and daughter are OK as the task force continues working to secure housing for them. 

(Photo: Helena Wahlman/GettyImages)

Written by Zayda Rivera

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