Hopscotch cop: Officer jumps to help child

Posted at 12:56 PM, Apr 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-01 12:56:26-04

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A police officer in Southern California has jumped to help an 11-year-old homeless girl.

The Orange County Register reports officers found the girl and her mother living in a car in parking lot in Huntington Beach on Wednesday. Officer Zach Pricer turned to hopscotch to make the child feel more at ease.

While Officer Scott Marsh reached out to the department's homeless task force to arrange housing for the pair, video shows Pricer hopping up and back.

The 38-year-old officer explained the rules of the game to the girl, then reached down to grab the marker, causing her to giggle.

Pricer says a police officer can seem scary to a child and he wanted to make the girl feel more comfortable.


This morning an officer checked on a suspicious occupied vehicle in the area of Graham and Edinger. During his investigation he learned the people in the vehicle were a mother and her 11 year old daughter and they had been living out of their car. The officer contacted our Homeless Task Force to help arrange housing. As the officer worked on housing arrangements with the mother, another officer on scene, Officer Pricer, began displaying his expertise in hopscotch to the daughter. #Copslovehopscotch

Posted by Huntington Beach Police Department on Wednesday, March 30, 2016