Three-year olds Maddox and McCoy love the police.
The Atherton twin brothers were police officers for Halloween, and for their third birthdays they received miniature police motorcycles, which their mom, Viola Moses, says look exactly like the real thing.
They want to wear their uniforms everywhere, including to pre-school, Ms. Moses says, and have been known to deploy the handcuffs that came with the outfits to restrain Mom.
So when the two attended the recent Easter egg hunt in Holbrook-Palmer Park and met Atherton police officers who invited the boys to visit the Atherton Police Department, of course they had to go.
"They said, 'Mom can we go see the real police officers?'" Ms. Moses said. A quick phone call confirmed they were welcome, and the whole family, including their 20-month-old sister Minka, stopped by on Saturday, April 18.
"They would have been happy with just a hello," said Ms. Moses. Instead officers showed the family around, and let the boys climb inside a police car and explore genuine police motorcycles. "They haven't stopped talking about it," she said.
The Atherton Police Department says anyone who would like to tour the department can make an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Children who take a tour will be taught how to call 911 in an emergency, ways to protect themselves and how to avoid dangerous situations.