The Kennesaw Police Department and its officers created the BlueLine Story Time; a video series that highlights a Kennesaw Police Officer reading a children’s book in a location that is historically and notably significant to the City of Kennesaw.  As a means to assist with keeping the community engaged safely, BlueLine Story Time was created to ensure that all children, whether they are home-schooled, attending public or private school, in quarantine, or virtual learning, would be able to experience an officer-read children’s story while also learning facts about the historic and notable places in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Kennesaw, Georgia sits 25 miles north of the City of Atlanta and boasts 32,000 wonderful and diverse citizens. It is home to 20 community parks and 5 luscious trailheads that allow access to the Kennesaw greenway trail system. The City of Kennesaw prides itself on its excellent school system, its growing eclectic downtown area as well as its efforts to maintain its history while also progressing forward for the benefit of future generations.  The City of Kennesaw Police department is made up of 75 diverse officers who value community engagement and have a passion to serve with Integrity, Excellence, and Respect – even with its youngest citizens, which is why the Blue Line Story Time is such a popular project to be involved in! 

During the recorded reading, a Kennesaw Police Officer provides interesting and educational facts about the location and themselves, in an effort to assist with community engagement during this unprecedented time when field trips and first-responder visits have become limited due to the pandemic.

Chief Westenberger reads Can You Touch A Color by Coy Bowles in his office

Sergeant Meade reads Beekle by Dan Santat in Kennesaw City Hall

Officer Martin reads If I Built A Car by Christ Van Dusen in the Public Works Sign Shop

Officer Jarratt reads Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle in his KPD patrol car

Officer Bright reads Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak in the Court House

Sergeant Bobo reads All Aboard, Georgia! by Maggie and Rosalind Bunn in the Southern Museum

Officer Arnold reads Swimmy by Leo Lionni in our conference room

Captain Shumpert reads Pigsty by Mark Teague by the KPD sign in the Lobby

Officer Secaida reads The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming at Smith-Gilbert Gardens