KENNEBUNKPORT – An author of two published children’s books approaches her third publication in a different way, seeking input from locals and across the country – and their efforts will not be without reward.
Those who participate receive an autographed copy of Jocelyn Lacey’s latest children’s book, “What Police Officers Do,” mailed to them or to any person or organization of their choice, she said.
Originally from Johnson City, Tennessee, Lacey first moved to the area ten years ago with her husband Steven, who studied yacht design at the Landing School. After graduating, the couple lived in Rhode Island, New Jersey and the Outer Banks of North Carolina before returning to Maine in 2018 when Steven became a yacht design instructor at school.
The couple first met at East Tennessee State University, where Lacey studied mass communications. She has worked for several non-profit organizations, including serving as a legal and community outreach lawyer for a domestic violence program and for a children’s advocacy center.
Along the way, she wrote âCoral’s First Sleepover,â about a mermaid and her special blanket and her first sleepover, and âPeter the Peacock,â a story about friendship.
âCoral’s First Sleepoverâ was written when the Laceys were first in Maine and was released in 2018; âPeter the Peacock,â based on a peacock that suddenly showed up at their back door while the couple lived in New Jersey, was released in late 2017.
Lacey said her latest children’s book was inspired by her work in the Domestic Violence Program and the Children’s Advocacy Center.
She said she was also inspired by a Citizen Police Academy she attended in Johnson City and planned to enroll in the Kennebunk Citizen Police Academy when the program resumes.
The book begins when a police officer goes to a school to talk to students about various aspects of the job. One little girl was too shy to ask a question – but over time her questions find answers.
Lacey would like to publish “What Police Officers Do” this year.
She launched a Go Fund Me effort this spring.
“A week later COVID-19 shut the world off,” she said from her Kennebunkport home where the couple live with an Entlebucher mountain dog named Gracie, an old English sheepdog named Winston, the cats Cagney and Lacey, and a fish.
“When I launched it in early March, there was no way of knowing the world was about to end due to COVID, followed by the civil unrest our country is currently facing,” Lacey said. . âAlthough there are bad people in every profession, I truly believe that there are many more good officers than bad ones. “
âWith the latest news on police ambushes and the discussions about funding police services, I think now is the time to put this book in the hands of children around the world, so they know the job of a policeman is to help in any way possible, âshe said.
For more information on fundraising efforts, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/6byjk-help-publish-children039s-book-about-police-officers.