McGruff The Crime Dog is the symbol of a national effort to inform us and our children of the effects of crime, the recognition of crime, and how to be safe from it.
The Tyler Police Department, with the help of its volunteers puts on programs about safety rules for our city's youth anywhere and at anytime an organization would like to have such a program presented. The only thing that is required is for the organization to give ample time for the program to be scheduled. All presentations are on a first-come-first-served basis.
Any group of children, including school classes, can have a McGruff presentation. The Department has two McGruff units. One unit is automated and talks and sings with children. McGruff can speak about stranger danger and other topics.
If you have ever wanted to know what it feels like to be a "rock star" with your fans surrounding you, just come to the police department and ask to participate in your own McGruff Safety Show.
Officer Just B. Good
On May 16, 1998 a new breed of officer reported for duty at the Tyler Police Department. Officer "Just B. Good" was hired to teach kids, as well as adults, the importance of traffic safety. Since then, he has taught lessons to kids on seatbelt safety, pedestrian safety, stranger danger, and gun safety along with many other topics.
Officer Good is a robot who pedals a mean looking red tricycle for transportation around the city. He has bright yellow hair that stands up like the cartoon character Bart Simpson. He can also dance and sing.
Officer Good was born in Garland, Texas and weighs in at about 45 pounds. He was one of only 17 of this new breed of officer in the United States in 1998. He was purchased with money obtained through a Traffic Grant that the Tyler Police Department received.
Officer Good can present safety programs anywhere within the city. Kids and adults are fascinated by Officer Good and listen intently to the lessons he teaches.