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Behind the Badge: Senior Sidekicks


Roanoke Police Department's Deputy Chief just retired - but he's making sure that one of his favorite programs continues to connect the community.

A retirement celebration was held for Monti Lee this week; he served on the force for 33 years.

Lee told WFXR News that he worked to make sure his Senior Sidekicks program would continue after he left the department.

"This is one segment... of our population in the Roanoke area that have given so much that we don't get to interact with as much," said Lee. "We're playing bingo, and we have prizes to give away, word search, candy."

RPD officers visit different senior care centers and veterans facilities once a month as part of their Senior Sidekicks program.

Officers stopped by the Virginia Veterans Care Center in Northwest Roanoke last month.

One retired VSP troopers said he enjoyed the visit.

"Glad to have them," said Mike Thomas. "i think it's a good idea for people to know the police and for police to know the individuals."

Lee said he will miss the visits and the outreach programs that he's seen grow at the Roanoke Police Department over the past three decades.

"It's bitter sweet leaving, it's been a great career and I'm just excited about the next chapter in life," said Lee.

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