The "No mopes" decals inspired by the Brimfield Police Department and made by Young's Screen Printing in Cuyahoga Falls are just the beginning of an initiative to provide the department with funds to improve security in the Field School District.
Eight T-shirt designs featuring the chief and his many slogans including "Meth is bad," "Don't poke the bear,"and the "Bed and Breakfast," referencing the Portage County jail, along with coffee mugs, keychains and embroidered hats and polo-shirts, will be available Friday.
"We always seem to be involved in some kind of pay-it-forward project," said Tammy Ralston, graphic designer for Young's. "(Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver) loves his kids and told us that the proceeds for this will go to school security. How could you not want to help with that?"
Oliver said the popularity of the department's Facebook page started increasing at the same time he began seeing a need to upgrade school security.
"That's what we decided to use the money for," Oliver said. "We're capitalizing on the popularity of the mopes concept and the police department's Facebook page."
According to Oliver, a "mope" is an old police term used to describe "a person who leeches off of society and is usually engaged in criminal behavior."
Interest in the department's merchandise has reached as far as Australia, where one Facebook fan requested a couple mugs to help raise money for the schools and make the "mopes" description more popular on his side of the world.
Purchases can be shipped anywhere and will be available online at a later date. Until then, they can be ordered by calling 330-922-5777 or visiting Young's Screen Printing, 1245 Munroe Falls Ave., Cuyahoga Falls. Ralston said she's also thinking about offering tank tops once spring comes.
Between the "No mopes" decals, which to date have raised more than $300 and been shipped to 16 states, and a "very nice donation" made by Carter Lumber, which is headquartered in Brimfield, Oliver said the police department has received enough money to have panic buttons installed in school buildings.
In the event that an incident occurs, a teacher or staff member will hit the panic button, which will ring directly to the department's dispatch center, notifying police there is a problem at the school.
"As sales continue, I think we're going to have enough money to complete what we need to complete," Oliver said. "We're going to ride out the wave while it's here and see if we can get some big improvements done to the schools as far as security goes."
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