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Roughly 35 Alton Police Department employees participated in the Christmas Cheer Project, including officers, dispatchers and records staff. Alton Police Chief Jake Simmons said the program has been very heartwarming and helped build bridges with the department.

In addition to donations being presented to the youth program of the Salvation Army, a total of $860.00 was raised this past November and has been converted into $50 gift cards, which several local businesses matched, that the Police Department has been presenting during routine traffic stops along with warnings rather than traffic tickets.