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Caldwell cop relishes role as coach and friend of local youth

With an assist from members of the College of Idaho Yotes softball team, Police Corporal Chad Ivie helps Tim with his Christmas shopping list.

Chad Ivie is a Corporal in the Caldwell Police Department. Christmas is his favorite time of the year. And “Shop with a Cop” has a lot to do with it.

This year Chad helped an exuberant little boy named Tim shop for his family while also filling out a shopping list for another Caldwell family in need.

"We're having fun. They're having fun,” Chad said maneuvering the shopping cart around the toy section of Wal-Mart. “We're creating Christmas memories. This is magical here today. "

"Anything we can do to help lighten the load for a family during the holidays we're more than happy to do so."

He takes that same attitude with him to work where he’s a patrol supervisor.

Chad has been with the Caldwell Police Department for eight years now and he can’t see doing anything else. Not that his job isn’t often difficult. "As officers, we get to see a lot of the worst in people every day.” To balance things out, Chad not only volunteers each year for “Shop with a Cop,” but also coaches youth basketball and baseball. “Anytime you get the chance to go out and see the best in people, the happiest moments, then you've got to take those opportunities."

He takes seriously the motto, "Protect and Serve."

"You have to do both. You can't just protect them, you can't just take care of the evil, but you also have to serve them and I think that's where this falls … You get to serve people and really there's no better feeling than doing that."

Out of uniform, coaching gives him a unique opportunity to teach by word and example. “I went to school to teach school and to be a coach because I enjoy sports,” Chad remembered. “I think there are more lessons in sports than any other thing ... To teach them the game, teach them the rules that are built in the game and the life lessons they can learn from playing."

Lessons that he learned on baseball fields and basketball courts growing up in Eastern Idaho. Lessons that he passes on as a father, coach and police corporal. "We want to have a good working relationship with the community. If we don't have that, we don't have anything. We want little kids looking up to us as role models and we want them to feel comfortable coming up to us with whatever questions or problems they might have in their lives."

“To be able to take down that barrier and create that relationship of trust, that's what we're looking for."

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