LOS ANGELES — It's not just about fighting crime. Sometimes a police officer's greatest contribution is helping a young man look his best before his first day of school.
That was the case in Los Angeles where last week two police officers in the LAPD Hollenbeck Division stopped to tie a 14-year-old's tie. He was on his way to high school orientation when his mom flagged them down.
"I saw the kid waving at me and the mother asked if I could help with his tie through her car window," Maldonado told KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.
A 10-year veteran of the department, Maldonado said the boy's mother had been watching YouTube videos to learn how to tie her son's tie but they were in rush to get to school for orientation that morning, KNBC-TV reports.
He told the station the teen was grateful for the help and called their chance meeting in the street a blessing.
"I thank God I had the opportunity to help someone make an impact in their lives," he told KNBC-TV.
Susanna V. Gutierrez, the teen's mom, shared the story on LAPD's Facebook page thanking them for their kindness.
"My son was embarrassed to go school wtl out (sic) his tie done , and these men helped," she wrote.
Colleagues praised the pair for taking the time to help the teen, calling it the perfect example of "relationship policing," meant to strengthen the bonds between a community and the officers sworn to protect them.