Young boy in Orem enjoys day as honorary police officer

Posted at 9:54 PM, May 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-23 23:54:51-04

OREM, Utah -- Many children want to be police officers or firefighters when they grow up, but how many of them actually get to experience what it's like while still a nine year old?

One child in Orem recently got that chance courtesy of the Orem Police Department.

McKade Daley is 9 years old and he loves police officers. He said he wants to grow up and catch bad guys, and earlier this week the local police department helped make his dream come true for a day.

“I McKade do solemnly swear that I will support, obey and defend the laws of the state of Utah,” the young boy said during his honorary swearing-in.

McKade's aunt saw the police department wanted young volunteers to be a Cop for Day, and she knew the perfect candidate. McKade said it’s a great opportunity.

He said the best part is, “That you get to wear the uniforms and you get to take away bad guys to save the city. Yeah’s cool.”

McKade got the full officer experience. He wore a uniform and badge and met police dogs. He investigated a car break in and even rode in the squad car and pulled a "suspect" over.

“He has a warrant because, we have to take him to jail because he stole candy... seriously, candy,” McKade said. “It’s like come on people, candy.”

The officers like McKade and said they think he'll be a great officer someday.

“It reminds me of when I was a kid and why I wanted to become a cop and just kind of his enthusiasm as to, just the genuineness of what he wants to do,” said officer Jeremy Jamison of Orem PD.

The Orem Police Department said it plans to make one kid an honorary officer every month, and they’ll continue to take applications through their Facebook page.