MPPD launches new Reading Patrol Program
Sgt. Les Mauldin and Cpl. William Dorfner, in partnership with Barnes & Noble Bookstore, invite elementary school kids to the launch of an exciting new reading program at the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 15. The program is free and will meet at Barnes & Noble every third Saturday of the month.
“The Reading Patrol is all about building a foundation of knowledge and trust for our youth and strengthening their relationship with the great men and women in blue of the Mount Pleasant Police Department,” said Mayor Linda Page. “The program is a fun, safe and engaging way to build partnerships.”
“We often hear about taking back the streets when fighting crime,” said Police Chief Carl Ritchie. “Our department believes that if you don’t lose the streets, you won’t have to take them back. The Mount Pleasant Police Department Reading Patrol Program is at the heart of our philosophy of community engagement and prevention. I would like to commend Sgt. Mauldin and Cpl. Dorfner for their leadership and applaud the Reading Patrol officers for their dedication. I would also like to thank Barnes & Noble for their continued support to our community.”
“The Reading Patrol Program is simple: build a connection early on with the youth of our community, and they will remember it when facing difficult decisions,” said Sgt. Mauldin.
“We want to build bridges one book at a time and we plan to read to children in a fun and congenial atmosphere that will lend itself to making lifetime connections.”
“Reading and literacy are key factors in school retention and graduation rates,” said Cpl. Dorfner.
“Elementary school children are at a very special age when police officers are heroes and role models. We want to preserve and build on that positive sentiment.”
“Barnes & Noble is excited to partner with the Mount Pleasant Police Department’s Reading Patrol Program. We are a company driven by the principle that bookselling is important work. We believe a great bookstore is also a reflection of its community,” said Store Manager Patti Morrison.
Sgt. Mauldin has 18 years of experience with the Mount Pleasant Police Department. He has three boys and a girl and a passion for working with kids. He oversees seven officers in the School Resource Division. Sgt. Mauldin mentors several children in the community and has a knack for relating to children.
Cpl. Dorfner has 10 years of experience with the police department. He has two sons and is passionate about youth welfare. He has served as Church Youth Director for six years. Cpl. Dorfner is the School Liaison Officer for 14 elementary schools (both public and private) and three middle schools where he help supervise the SRO team.
For more information about the Reading Patrol Program, contact (843) 881-8242.