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No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.

Starfish Assignment Welcomes You

Why are we named
"The Starfish Assignment"?

     One day a man was walking along a beach when he noticed a boy picking up starfish and throwing them into the ocean. He asked the boy what he was doing. 

     “Throwing starfish into the ocean,” the child replied. “The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back in, they’ll die."

     The man laughed. “How can you possibly hope to make a difference? There are miles of beach here, and hundreds, if not thousands of starfish washed up onto it.”


     The boy listened politely, then bent down and gently tossed another starfish into the surf. He smiled at the man and said, “I made a difference to that one.”


     Starfish Assignment is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charity devoted to strengthening the bonds between law enforcement and the community. Our focus lies in supporting officers as they address the needs of the communities they serve, while encouraging positive interactions and partnerships between law enforcement officers and community members.

     We strive to bridge the gap between the community and the police through various activities, such as our Books & Badges program. In this initiative, officers read to elementary school-age children, and each child receives a copy of the book to keep.

     The students ask the officers questions about law enforcement, such as what items are on their duty belts an what they like best about their jobs. In turn, the officers use the time to talk to the kids about good choices. These events are a huge hit with the cops and kids alike. "I got my book autographed by a police officer," one girl exclaimed. "Yay!!" 

     Starfish is fully supported by donations from individuals and businesses. We do not receive funding from law enforcement agencies, and we do not have any paid employees. 


     As a non-partisan organization, we welcome all individuals who share our commitment to helping others and making a positive impact in our communities.

Learn more

     Thank you for visiting our website! We encourage you to explore and learn more about us while you're here. Discover more about our Leadership team, learn how to become a Partner, check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, and find out how to get involved in our Books & Badges program.

     Stay connected with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also subscribe to our monthly newsletter by sending us an email. We look forward to having you join our community and sharing our journey with you!

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