Monroe County sheriff’s deputies hand out cash instead of tickets

FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Monroe County sheriff’s deputies pulled over more than 50 people this week. 

They handed out more than just traffic tickets. 

By nature, deputies are trained to keep their eyes on the road — looking for things that don’t seem right. By now, you’ve heard the story about an anonymous secret Santa handing out money for the holidays.

This year, someone gave that duty to the deputies with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. 

“We all know a lot of people are struggling during the holidays. Year round for that matter,” Deputy John Thompson said. 

A year round struggle for the deputies as well. They lost a brother last year, killed while on the job. 

“The people of Forsyth and Monroe County and all over Middle Georgia have been exceptionally good to us since that happened,” Sheriff John Cary Bittick said. 

So with their pockets stuffed with thousands of dollars in cash, they wanted to say thank you. 

“You got all your Christmas presents? Deputy Thompson asked one woman.
 
No sir. I’m not prepared. I’m a single mom. I’ve got three kids and doing it by myself,” she said. 

Before you know it, he gave her and others $100 bills. 

“This gives them an opportunity to do something good for Christmas for other people and it’ll make them feel good about Christmas,” Bittick said. 

“We like to help people and that’s what we do the job for, to help people,” Thompson said. 

It’s helping the deputies too. 

“From the sheriff’s office Secret Santa,” Thompson said with another woman.

“Thank you so much, can I get a hug,” she asked. 

Sharing the love, when they need it the most.

“I love ya’ll,” one woman said. 

“We love you too,” Thompson smiled and replied. 

Monroe County’s anonymous secret Santa wanted to help make a better relationship between the community and law enforcement. 

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