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11-Year-Old Girl Brings Mission Of Love & Hugs For Police To Utah 

Jul 14, 2021, 5:34 PM | Updated: Jul 15, 2021, 2:40 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — A girl from Louisiana is traveling across the country and brought her mission of love and hugs for police to Utah.

Rosalyn Baldwin, 11, has been on the road with her family hugging police officers wherever she goes. Her visit to Salt Lake City melted some hearts among the officers.

“I think they’re really cool,” Baldwin said about law enforcement. She’s on an unusual mission for an 11-year-old. She’s hugging cops in every state to spread love.

It’s been a challenging year for police departments as they faced protests and calls for change and greater accountability.

“I just think it’s important that they need to know that they are loved and it’s not all hate towards their side,” Baldwin said after hugging police officers from several departments at the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building Wednesday afternoon.

She said she had a vision from God to be a beacon of love and hope for every American community.

“It’s good for the nation to be reminded that we are all one body. If this part’s ailing, then we have to help it and heal it,” said Baldwin’s mother, Angie, who is driving Rosalyn across the country along with her father and brother, Phillip.

Rosalyn Baldwin wants to unite communities by showing her love and appreciation for the police officers who protect and serve.

“This is amazing,” said Chief Mike Brown with the Salt Lake City Police Department. “The last year or so has been very difficult for law enforcement, especially here in Salt Lake City. We know that the communities that we serve they love and respect us. But, for a young woman to make a public showing to take the time and effort to be here that means a lot.”

“This little girl wants to make sure that we know we’re appreciated for everything that we’ve endured in the last year or so,” said SLCPD Lt. Yvette Zayas. “It’s heartfelt. It’s what we need as a profession. The little girl was raised right. It makes you feel good and brings hope for our future.”

Baldwin gave the police stickers and hearts.

“I will tell them that I traveled over here not because I just wanted to, but because they’re important,” she said.

She’s now hugged cops in 38 states and has 12 more states to go.

You can follow her mission here.

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11-Year-Old Girl Brings Mission Of Love & Hugs For Police To Utah