Wednesday’s Child: Spencer wants to be part of police officer’s family

Nov 10, 2021, 2:15 PM | Updated: Oct 12, 2022, 2:11 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – If you ask 16-year-old Spencer who has inspired him the most in this world, he’ll tell you it’s the men and women in blue. 

“I want to be a police officer,” he said. 

Spencer has lived in foster care for many years, moving from home to home. He said the person who has always made him feel safe is the police officer at his school. 

“He takes care of people at the school, if we have a bad day we go down and sit with him for the day,” he said. 

Thanks to the Salt Lake City Police Department, Spencer got to go behind the scenes with the biggest force in the state. He learned about the department’s history and what it’s like to work in uniform. 

16-year-old Spencer (KSL TV) Salt Lake City police officers took a tour of the police headquarters. (KSL TV) Spencer said is inspired by police officers. (KSL TV)

“(Their job) is to protect people, help them out, trust other people,” he said. 

One reason Spencer likes hanging out with police officers is they treat each other like family. Family is something Spencer is missing in his life, and he hopes by sharing his story he’ll find one. 

“Family means like friends, like you guys are my family, the whole world is my family,” he said. 

Spencer wants to be adopted and he’s not shy about the type of family he’d like to be adopted into. 

“I want to get adopted by a police officer,” he said. 

For more information about Spencer please contact Raise the Future at 801-265-0444 or visit  

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Wednesday’s Child: Spencer wants to be part of police officer’s family